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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2004 6:09 am 
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I am trying to arrange a visit to Katsuhiko Okamoto, who is the designer of some outstanding puzzles. Would there be any interest in an article on Twisty about Okamoto-san and his craft?


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There's major interest if you ask me. That guy is amazing. I'd LOVE to read such an article, and would similarly love to host it!

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Great idea Carter !

Every day, I check out what`s new here, and i get my daily fix, sometimes only a couple of lines, sometimes a couple of pictures, but an article on a master puzzle builder....well i`m sure i would be a great read, and while we are on the subjet, why not interview legends i.e Tony Fisher, Anthony Greenhill, etc.

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Great idea Carter !

Every day, I check out what`s new here, and i get my daily fix, sometimes only a couple of lines, sometimes a couple of pictures, but an article on a master puzzle builder....well i`m sure i would be a great read, and while we are on the subjet, why not interview legends i.e Tony Fisher, Anthony Greenhill, etc.

Michael
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That would be a brilliant read. Might be a good idea to see if he would agree to be recorded so you can transcribe later. Also digital pics of his work area would be great if he would agree to it.

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Please understand, there are some serious obstacles to this article. For one thing, Matsuyama is a long way from here by train, so I will have to fly. Second thing is, I don't speak any Japanese, and he doesn't speak any English. Recording so I can transcribe it later is a terrific idea, but, I didn't bring a recorder with me from the States. But I am pretty determined to make this thing happen somehow. We'll see what we can pull together.


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Okamoto-san may not speak English, but at least he registered on this forum. Perhaps he's going to surprise us with his linguistic talent?

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Carter, if you do meet up with him, see what he thinks about making the Pyracue out of a skewb. It looks like there is quite of bit of interest in it. It would be nice to know his thoughts on this and why he hasn't tried it yet.

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I have a meeting with Okamoto-san this weekend in Matsuyama. I must say, this feels a bit like some sort of puzzle pilgrimage. Anyway, here is your chance to learn answers to all the questions you've ever had about his work. Like Dodd's question about the Pyracue. Please post your questions here, and I will try to get some answers. I am planning to take a camera, but no recorder.


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COuld you ask him about his mechanism for the 3x3x5 and why the centers don't twist? I've been wondering that for a while now...


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Hi Carter,
I wonder what does he do for living or when he is not making puzzles?
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He has said that the Pyracue, Lattice, Master Pyraminx, and another Skewb modification are not available for purchase. Does the quality not meet his standards? Is he trying to patient these? The big question is will he ever make these available for sale?

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I have one of his 3x3x5 it is basicly the same concept as on my pages

see http://www.speedcubing.com/ton/3x3x5.htm
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Is he planning to make other Fisher mods like the Container?
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Would he be willing to show off his work area?

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My impossible request is for mechanism photos so I can compare them with my notes of puzzles I'll never build due to lack of the right equipment.

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I'be interested in knowing any details of how he made the Master Pyraminx. Ideally - mechanism photos... :oops:

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Yeah, send me photos of the internal stuff and I'll model the pieces in Inventor and line them up for milling.... :D

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I highly doubt he will let any internal photos be taken. In the past he has specifically asked that the internals of his puzzles not be shared publically. He answered me back about the pyracue. He did make it from a pyraminx. He said it could be done from a skewb, but that he did not have time to make one. He has too many new ideas to tinker with. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next. He does do excellent work.

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Carter, How did the interview go? Please update us when you get a chance.

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