After playing with it for a bit, I found it fairly easy to understand how the puzzle would eventually come apart. The big challenge, however, is figuring out exactly how to implement the solution. At least with my approach, I found that there was a lot of trial and error. Sorry for being so general, but I don't want to give away too much for those of you who may want to give it a try.
Eventually I solved this one while driving home in the dark later that evening, I think it took a little under an hour (no, I wasn't the one driving). That reminds me: there is a small nut inside which is released once you open the puzzle that I lost in the car. I'll have to look for it next time I am home. I suppose you could classify this is a puzzle box since there is some storage space in the middle.
Cast Baroq, designed by Akio Yamamoto is probably one of my favorite puzzles so far. It is quite elegantly designed with beautiful curves and a nice finish. The way the pieces move is quite graceful. The following description from the box captures it quite well:
"This Akio Yamamoto creation consists of two pieces fashioned after the image of intertwining Bach melodies. Following the dynamic build up is an inspirational finale when the two pieces elegantly release from each other."
In tomorrows post, I'll talk about my experience building one of Bruce Viney's excellent designs: the 25 Move Puzzle Box.