Custom Puzzle Craft
Maker of Fine Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles
Custom Puzzle Craft is Permanently Closed - This section maintained for historical purposes
Each puzzle I make contains a Signature Piece. The Signature Piece is signed, dated, numbered and identified as a Custom Puzzle Craft puzzle piece, on the back. For puzzles with 200 or more pieces, I normally include my Regular Signature Piece. For smaller puzzles I usually pick a nice piece and use that as a Random Signature Piece. When ordering a Custom Puzzle you may choose which kind of Signature Piece you want or have me decide.
The origin of my Signature Piece goes back a long ways. I was deeply into creating geometric patterns using a cyclical propagation method applied to branching lines, something I developed while a teenager, a process I eventually called Expansions. My early geometric patterns were drawn by hand and later by computer, as this was before Apple, Microsoft and Intel existed.
One "famous" pattern is the "V Pattern", one the very first patterns I developed, and the first to grow on a computer, an IBM 1130 minicomputer in 1972. This pattern is still one of my favorites, The initial sequence of the V Pattern is the basis for the Signature Piece included within Custom Puzzle Craft puzzles. By including this shape within my puzzles, I tie my love of patterns and puzzles together.
The initial sequence of the V Pattern
By studying the progression of the V Pattern you should be able to deduce its rules for growth. You can see that the third shape in the progression is the shape from which my Signature Piece was derived.
The V Pattern, reduced scale, after many cycles of growth
This image copied from an outlying section of the pattern
I created this image with software I wrote: Color Expansions - A Stokes Pattern Generator
I used the V Pattern and my Expansions program to create the image for puzzle #840 Iterated V Pattern
More information about my pattern art may be seen in my John entry in the Gallery Section
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