La Plata Time Rings Are a Low-Tech Puzzle for these High-Tech Times

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La Plata Time Rings Are a Low-Tech Puzzle for these High-Tech Times

You can only sling so many angry birds at chortling pigs before your mind goes numb and you want something … different. Sometimes the simplest things can captivate the imagination; a case in point would be this lovely low-tech and natural puzzle made from a slice of cypress.

The puzzle is made from the wood of Cypress trees, that died naturally and it does keep me wondering about the history of the tree and its surroundings. Unfortunately I didn’t find this object too near to the region of the Patagonian Andes lakes, where it actually comes from. I simply never been there, although it is said to be an incredible area. I came across the ‘Time Rings’ puzzle while switching planes in La Plata, Buenos Aires, almost 1000 miles up north.

Each puzzle is handmade by Manu Rapoport and Martin Sabattini, and each piece is unique and numbered. You may choose from either “easy” or “difficult”.

This looks like the perfect way to wind down in the evening, don’t you think?

La Plata Time Rings Are a Low-Tech Puzzle for these High-Tech Times


Found by James is a site full of imaginative and amazing items, all personally curated by its founder and self-professed world-traveler, James.  If you are looking for a different kind of gift, shift to a lower gear and take a look at some of the treasures James has collected.

The Time Rings Puzzle at Found by James retails for € 39.

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About the Author

Judie Lipsett Stanford
I've had a fascination with all types of gadgets and gizmos since I was a child, beginning with the toy robot that my grandmother gave my brother - which I promptly "relieved him of" in 1973. I'm a self-professed gadget magpie. I can't tell you how everything works, but I'm known world-wide for using a product until I have a full understanding of what it does, what its limitations are, and if it excels in any given area — or not.