We all try to live a puzzle free, uncomplicated life. But there is one person in Alakode in Kannur who enjoys life by building puzzles and cracking them.
Padmanabhan Achary, a successor of Perunthachan, the master craftsman, makes burr puzzles commonly called 'Edakoodam' for a living. It is not just for fun, he engages in building burr puzzles, but it gives him a new hope in life.
Achary was a master carpenter and craftsman in earlier days. But as life would have it, he suffered two blows when he fell down from height while working. He had to remain bedridden for two years.
But a determined Achary slowly moved into life. He couldn’t do any tedious work. So that’s when he shifted his focus onto burr puzzles. His craftsmanship has now unique collection ranging from 3 blocks to 114 blocks. Achary has crafted more than 50 puzzles by now.
"It takes days’ of effort to make one puzzle. The new generation is unaware of such creations which were very common in monarchy times. I am ready to give my burr puzzles if anyone is ready to take care of them,” says Achary.
There are many craft items in Achary’s collection. Ladder turned chair, tabled turned seats are very few among them.
His sons, Ranjith and Rajeesh had secured third and fourth prizes in state school work experience fair.
Achary’s family further includes wife Mallika and other sons Abhijith, Abhijeesh who extend whole hearted support for his venture.