Georges, I am happy to see that you have finally joined the SCOC (Sentimental Cube Owners Club).
Several of my puzzles have sentimental value to me, as they all come with a special history of how they got into my collection and the people they brought me in touch with along the way. But if I'm going to pick only one of my puzzles to present here, I believe the one that would best fit this thread is my most recent installment in the Elemental series: My Aluminum Heart with a friendship design.
Like for my previous Elemental puzzles, I wanted a custom design which would combine my interest for puzzles with one of my other major interests or influences in life. Previously we had covered fractals (my Elemental Neon
) and music (my Elemental Argon
), and the heart shape of the Aluminum seemed perfectly suited for a friendship theme.
To make a long story short, I ended up sending Dave this sketch of a picture I saw when I was very young and which influenced my view on true friendship (I used to imagine that the little girl in the picture had just lost her own balloon, so the little boy is sharing his):
Of course the balloon didn't really fit, so we ended up merging it with the shape of the heart. But it's still there if you know how to look for it:
As always Dave has done an outstanding job on the puzzle, and the image is beautifully inked in gold on red transparent acrylic with red mirror top:
And as usual a miniature version of the same image is inked on the back plate. Dave also kindly included a special inscription which perfectly matched the theme of the puzzle:
Here is a picture of the Aluminum Heart together with my Neon and Argon for size comparison:
I have also uploaded a video of these puzzles
with a quick demonstration of their movement, as well as a more thorough demonstration of the Neon
Anyway, I guess my Aluminum Heart is now my most sentimental puzzle since it reminds me of how my interest in puzzles has brought me some great friends who almost feel like an extended family. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who make this such a nice and friendly community. And of course, a special thanks to Dave for making me yet another beautiful puzzle.