99 Pieces Project

Link to Current Auctions:
"Vox Arcana," pda0154
"La Danse Macabre," pda0153
"The Airy Ambit," pda0152
"Dimpled Plexus," pda0151
"Lonely Hunter," pda0150

Welcome to the 99 Pieces Project!

Philip Morganelli
of
Turning Taxis Plywood Puzzles
has embarked on a Minor Project:
Besides the regular business of TTPP
Make and Auction 99 puzzle pieces
at the rate of One Puzzle Piece a Day or less
Until 99 Puzzle Pieces Are Made and Auctioned.

The 99 Pieces Project
Only one Puzzle Piece will be offered for Auction each day
Sometimes a day or two may be skipped.
Skipped days will not be made up by offering more than one puzzle in a following day
Instead, the duration of the Project will be Extended
A day's slot is used when an Auction begins, not when it ends.

 

Inspired by and (respectfully, I hope) parodying the much-more-impressive 100 Puzzles Project of John Stokes/Custom Puzzle Craft, the 99 Pieces project was launched on April Fool's Day, 2024, with an anticipated completion prior to July 19th, the start of Puzzle Parley 2024.

In addition to honoring (I hope!) one of my favorite cutters while also having an April Fool's lark, I embarked on this project motivated by the belief that each individual piece of a puzzle (more noticeably so with an abstract expressionist puzzle) is a miniature sculpture in and of itself. As such I decided to break up my 99-piece composition Sculpture Garden into its individual components and offer each building block for auction at a modest starting bid.

The complete terms of the project are as follows: 

  • The 99 individual sculptures to be offered comprise the meta-sculpture Sculpture Garden, a work whose total dimensions roughly equal 240x65x6 mm. While no official photograph of the meta-sculpture currently exists online, one may eventually be posted but only following the completion of the 99 Pieces Project.
  • Each sculpture of the 99 Pieces Project was hand carved from 6mm baltic birch plywood with a Dewalt DW788 scrollsaw, subsequently hand painted on both sides, and protected with a gloss clear coat.
  • Individual sculptures will be randomly assigned a Turning-Taxis-Werke-Verzeichnis from pda0101-0199. Two sculptures of similar TTWV should not be presumed to interlock with one another.
  • A maximum of one sculpture will be offered for auction per day. The length of each auction will not exceed 120 hours (the shortest duration I can list on eBay without paying additional fees). The opening bid of the initial sculpture of the 99 Pieces Project will be set at $0.01, with each subsequent auction's opening bid increasing by one additional cent. The final sculpture will be offered at an opening bid of $0.99. Sometimes a day or two may be skipped. Skipped days will not be made up by offering more than one puzzle the following day. Instead the duration of the Project will be Extended. A day's slot is used when an Auction begins, not when it ends.
  • Packaging (roughly $1.50 per sculpture) and shipping is not included in the winning bid and is the further responsibility of the buyer. Buyers of multiple sculptures are encouraged to combine packaging and shipping costs.
  • Winning bidders will be offered the opportunity to be added to a private contact sheet of fellow winners. While this is not compulsory it is recommended. The purpose of this contact list is to encourage exchange and lending of sculptures among winners. Access to the contact list is restricted to those who have consented to having their contact information shared.
  • Unsold sculptures will remain the property of Turning Taxis Plywood Puzzles and will not be offered for resale.
  • The appearance of individual sculptures will not be revealed until the moment they are offered for auction. Once revealed they will be archived on this blog posting.
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"Sintered Dragon on Edge"
"Raspery Delite"

"Celestial Gnomon"
"Auric Keystone"

"Dimpled Banana"

"Sanguine Vortex"

"Feathered Void"

"Littoral Tribute"

"Spiral Plume"
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"Lavender Intimations"

"Verdant Edge"

"Jaundiced Velocities"

"The Bitter End"

"Dimpled Salutations"

"Streams of Consciousness"

"Malo in Adversity"

"The Jealous Signet"

"Fuliginous Bauble"
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"Casque Mordant"

"Tropical Sleighride"

"Jubilant Arch"

"Vividescent Lean"

"Dimpled Trill"

"Xenomorphic Clef"

"Mauve Totem"

"Casque Trocadéro"

"The Rowing Man"
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"The Merry Gambit"

"Prodigal Arch"

"Lurched Rover"

"Casque Tropicale"

"Though This Be Madness"

"Poor Yorick"

"Argentine Chevalier"

"Indigo Curls"

"Time Flies Like an ERROR"
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"Lurched Wyrm Flecked with Gold"

"Casque Grotesque"

"Citron Decedent"

"Regal Leisure"

"Crimson Coffer"

"Vernal Sigil"

"Dangerous Liaison"

"The Fleeting Edge"

"Surface Tensions"
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"Speak, Mnemosyne"

"In A Voice That Rustled"

"Vice Precedents"

"Heliotropic Mandala"

"Lonely Hunter"

"Dimpled Plexus"

"The Airy Ambit"

"La Danse Macabre"

"Vox Arcana"
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