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.

Friday, September 22, 2017

LeColimaçon, Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, Bateaux de pecheurs, 488 pieces.  Every once in a while I think "that puzzle looks so cool, I will try it though it's push-fit."  I am wrong and need to be reminded of this.



Blue Asteroids, Jigsaw Art/Thom Spencer

232 pieces.  Fun and challenging; nice piece shapes.  4/5




Thursday, September 21, 2017

Purple Flower

Woodmorningshop (on Etsy), about 150 pieces.  Interesting shape; matte finish makes for a different puzzling experience.  4/5



Untitled, Jigsaw Art

Thom Spencer, 68 pieces. Nicely difficult!  5/5



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lilac wood puzzle

Unknown cutter, 26 pieces.  Nice piece of wood; slight diversion. 2.5/5


Jules Grun, The Dinner Party

600 pieces, Optimago.  The usual Optimago strengths--subtle colors that only reveal the picture once it's assembled.  3/5



Monday, September 18, 2017

Unpainted puzzles

214, 225, 288 pieces, LeColimaçon.  French puzzles (via Etsy)--the lack of painting means that it's all about the shape of the pieces, which I enjoy.  The puzzles are thin plywood, more like Wentworth than the thicker hand-cut pieces I'm more used to, but I enjoyed the challenge.  My daughter may paint one or two of them ultimately.  5/5
starting out




people shapes in the large one










Histoire Naturelle (Papillons)

608 pieces, Liberty.  An unusual partly color-line cut Liberty, so lots of butterfly shapes!  5/5


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tree puzzle, WoodTwoArt

58 pieces--trying something a bit different.  The pieces were a little rough-edged for my taste, but it was still an interesting difference.  2.5/5



Foxy, Phil Lewis

406 pieces, Liberty. Slightly fewer pieces than I prefer, but a gorgeous picture.  3/5

tree and related whimsies



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Edge of the Forest, Paul Ranson

Liberty, 527 pieces.  Good Liberty fun.  4/5
tree whimsies


other whimsies



Stave tidbit, 2017

Gift from my parents' stay at Twin Farms

Waterfalls, BrainyGames

266 pieces. Standard strip-cut, laser-cut puzzle.  Very nice image with some difficulty at the sides where the image was very similar; the cuts could have used some more variation in shape in my opinion.  Shipped assembled/in two pieces, folded over.  2/5



Thursday, September 7, 2017

Boater's Lunch, Renoir

588 pieces, Puzzlewood. This is my favorite part about hand-cutting: how placing two pieces together can reveal the shape of the subsequent adjoining piece, which was completely mysterious beforehand.  Though this isn't my favorite subject matter, the cutting on this one is just so much fun.  10/10