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714 e. jefferson blvd.
south bend, in 46617
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574-286-5878

Just Goods offers fair trade, local-made, made in USA, organic, recycled and green products for the home and for families.  All of our products are sustainably crafted or manufactured.  You will find organic cotton clothing, reusable lunch containers, eco cleaning products, recycled-fiber socks, fair trade coffee, chocolate and gifts.  Together, we are making a difference.

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Tavern Puzzles

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Tavern Puzzles

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Tavern Puzzles® are reproductions of a type of puzzle traditionally forged by blacksmiths to amuse their friends at country taverns and inns. Keeping with tradition, a museum-trained blacksmith from Long Island has reproduced some of these antique designs as well as his own original designs. All the puzzles are handcrafted and individually assembled. Each puzzle is mechanical in nature; removal of the object piece does not rely on force or trickery. 

100% Handcrafted in the USA

Read about the various puzzles available below:

BOTTOMS UP

A double play. Solve it one way, then turn it over and solve it a different way. (2009)
Object: Remove ring.
Category: Basic

 

IRON HEART

A simple puzzle, often made by apprentices. This variation is based on a description from a Ukrainian shoemaker. (1981)
Object: Remove heart.
Category: Basic


TINKERS BELL

The tinker was a traveling rural "handyman", repairing pots and kettles, entertaining children when his work was done. (1992)
Object: Remove large ring.
Category: Intermediate
 

SMARTY PANTS

Show off your smarts with this brainteaser!
Object: Remove ring
Category: Difficult

 

PATIENCE PUZZLE

The oldest known puzzle design, probably of Chinese origin. Popular with 19th century sailors. We make ours with nails made in New England on a machine that has been in use since the Civil War era. (1984)

Patience Puzzle is more a mathmatical puzzle than the other Tavern Puzzles. It has 43 steps, but only a few basic moves. The secret to solving it is discovering the correct sequence.
Object: Remove shuttle.
Category: Complex

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