About my ratings

Perhaps because of my day job, I'm a tough rater. Everything 3/5 and above I consider worth the time and money.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sea Turtles

Puzzlemonk, 257 pieces. Larger version of one I did a while back--still very tricky with the colors shading into one another.  5/5

Lady Shiva

Liberty, 469 pieces.  Nice central arrangement of whimsies, thematically apt.  3/5

swirly whimsies and yoga/Hindu god figures

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fall Garden, Janice Larson

Liberty, 488 pieces.  Squash vine whimsies go through the entire puzzle, which makes for some unusual shapes. 4/5
squash vines in lower middle

Headache coil

32 pieces.  Fun conversation piece with relatively thick pieces.  3/5--I'd love to do a thinner version with even more pieces.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Escher fish and birds

400 pieces, WallWoodWorks.  This is a solidly constructed hand-cut puzzle, with some nicely tricky bits based on the picture I sent (I'm a huge Escher fan).  I would say this is as good as any currently working sub-Stave handcutter. Priced at roughly a dollar a piece, so be prepared to pay for handcutting--as is entirely appropriate!  5/5

A few whimsies

Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Party

Liberty, 461 pieces. I have fond memories of this image and puzzles because it was the first full-size Stave I ever did, when I was getting hooked on wooden puzzles. This Liberty is of course different, but still fun given the subtle color shifts from location to location on the puzzle.  3/5

Monday, October 16, 2017

Berlin Street Scene, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Liberty, 496 pieces.  I liked the orbs/gears in the corners.  3/5

gears in the corners