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.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Insects on Lavender, Stibbett Studio

204 pieces.  Another nice nature picture, with the color changing as the focus changes providing most of the challenge.  3/5

Children's Games, Peter Breughel the elder

Wentworth, 500 pieces.  Surprisingly fun--though a bit drabber in color, lots of visual interest once you get up close. 3/5

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Yellow Bird, Sibbett Studio

204 pieces.  Sibbett puzzles are basically what you see is what you get--strip cut, sometimes subtle color gradations.  3/5

A Bowl of Roses, Victorian Trading Co.

400 pieces.  I think this is hand-cut based on the closeness of the pieces, and it's numbered on the back, which provided some useful direction for the very corners where there was almost no shade difference (and very little difference in the connectors as well).  I don't mind difficulty, but where the pieces are highly similar and so are the colors, it can get tedious. 2/5

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Wheat Field, Van Gogh

400 pieces, Battle Road Press (but says made in England; I suspect Optimago behind it).  I really liked the colors, but there were two pieces missing!  I attempted repairs, about which more below, but I really may need Jigsaw Doctor.  3/5

OK, so the hole is in the middle left side.  I tried wood putty, and that part worked ok, though I did sand down one head a bit too far.  (It's the part on the left that looks like Snoopy's head.) I used a nail file to get in the little corners where sandpaper wouldn't go.  Still, I got it the right thickness and nicely flat.
Here I go

3/10, ok for a first try, but much more work to be done in learning how to shape them.  Now, the picture.  Here is where I went off the rails a bit.  Through a lot of effort (though there's probably a much better way), I got a picture to be the same size as the puzzle, and got it to print out at that size, even though it didn't fit on a conventional piece of paper.  However, I didn't start with a color match, and I didn't try to correct the color as I should have.  The result is a far deeper gold than in the actual puzzle.
And then, I couldn't figure out how to cut the shape out without tearing.  So, 3/10 on the picture element--3 for getting the sizing right.  To work on: color correction.  Then, cutting without ripping.  Anyone with suggestions, please let me know.

Lavender field and bee, Sibbett Studio

196 pieces.  The lavender colors deepening and softening provide the challenge in this small puzzle.  3/5

Monday, August 7, 2017

Wooden butterfly, unknown

62 pieces--a 3-D puzzle where each piece has a mate on the other side, but the curves mean that placement can't be random.  Neat!  3/5

3D construction

Decorated Boats, Hiroshige

Wentworth, 1000 pieces.  An awful lot of blue provides much of the challenge here, but it's actually spread across the puzzle.  4/5
Whimsies with detail easier to see on the bottom side

Friday, August 4, 2017

Hawk, by Sue Coccia

254 pieces, Liberty.  Another nice Coccia--quite a challenge for the small size.  4/5

Golden Autumn, Mr Gogo

192 pieces.  Some internal shapes on this one--a very nice puzzle.  5/5

heart shape hidden in puzzle

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The (Frog) Concert Unisono, Anthony Hochstein

437 pieces, Liberty.  Lots of frogs, including one multipiece frog-in-frog. 3/5


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frog within frog

Feather & Cowslip, Alfonse Mucha

1000 pieces, Wentworth.  Nice picture with just the right amount of variation, but I lost a piece somewhere! Sob.  4/5

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Circulating puzzle library/club?

If anyone out there loves wooden puzzles as much as I do and is interested in making a puzzling dollar go further, maybe we can work out some kind of lending scheme.  I'm rebecca.tushnet at gmail.

Vintage western landscape

approx. 300 pieces, unknown cutter.  A nice vintage puzzle, a bit fragile and edging close to push-fit, but majority interlocking.  3/5