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(Not Rubik’s) Cube

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Conundrum III ©GarE Maxton

Conundrum III (54-piece puzzle) ©GarE Maxton

GarE (pronounced “Gary”) Maxton has always been drawn to metalworking. At school in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he learned the basics of welding, and his interest was immediately caught. He saved up and bought his first welding setup which he installed in his parents’ garage. He knew he wanted to be an artist, but practicalities prevailed, and he ended up having a successful career in real estate.  So successful, in fact, that he was able to retire in 2000 at the not-at-all-ripe age of 46. He immediately purchased a micro-mill and welding equipment, and got to work learning the ins and outs of machining. Less than two years later, he started his own website to showcase and sell his machined puzzles.

“The metals used in his sculptures range from common to exotic to precious. They include brass, aluminum, cast iron, neodynium iron, stainless steel, steel, magnesium, titanium, copper, pewter, tin, zinc, aluminum bronze, white brass (Babbitt metal), bearing bronze, silicon bronze, Monel (is that even a thing?), tungsten, Inconel (a very difficult-to-machine space-age metal used in jet engines), silver bullion, 24K gold and various forms of Makume Gane and on one occasion even Damascus steel (which would make a great band name).” –CraftsmanshipMuseum.com

You can purchase at least some of Maxton’s pieces on Ebay, and the rest can be gotten (if you’re lucky) by making inquiries on his website.

Conundrum III (disassembled) ©GarE Maxton

Conundrum III (disassembled) ©GarE Maxton

Conundrum II is only 21 pieces. Easy! ©GarE Maxton

Conundrum II (21-piece puzzle) ©GarE Maxton

Labyrinth (42-piece, 30 lb. Japanese puzzle box requiring the correct sequence to open.) ©GarE Maxton

Labyrinth (42-piece Japanese puzzle box requiring the correct sequence to open.) ©GarE Maxton

Micro-Conundrum (1

Micro-Conundrum (tiny 1″ square, 6-piece polished puzzle) ©GarE Maxton

Symmetry I (20-piece puzzle) ©GarE Maxton

Symmetry I (20-piece puzzle) ©GarE Maxton

Intimidator (125-piece puzzle which contains all the elements needed to making a working .45 caliber pistol. Intimidating indeed.) ©GarE Maxton

Intimidator (135-piece, 40+ lb. puzzle which contains all the elements needed to making a working .45 caliber pistol. Intimidating indeed.) ©GarE Maxton

Intimidator pistol ©GarE Maxton

Assembled front-loading Intimidator pistol ©GarE Maxton

Here’s a video of the artist disassembling the thing. I do love his one blue fingernail!

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

3 thoughts on “(Not Rubik’s) Cube

  1. Wow! Those cubes are amazing. I couldn’t even wrap my head around designing such a thing let alone making it. Don’t care for the gun. What a wonderful opportunity to have, the ability to live one’s dream job while not fretting about financing the venture. Good for him!

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  2. I’ve never been any good at this sort of thing, but I do admire those who are. He really does some phenomenal work!

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    • They’re gorgeous (and very heavy). Beloved’s eyes lit up when I showed her. Alas, the tiny-but-fierce one (who turned three yesterday) would use it to smash everything in the house, so not for us just yet.

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