Tom Thomson, Soft Maple in Autumn

Lovely puzzle from Stumpcraft, Tom Thomson’s “Soft Maple in Autumn” — sneaky puzzle cutting from Jasen Robillard, too; lots of little “fishies” cut out that made shapes look like they would take a convex instead of a concave (or vice versa). I particularly liked the unusual canoe cutout of a person carrying a canoe on their head (“Mr Canoehead”) …. See also: Stumpcraft Deep Dive on this puzzle.


Artist: Tom Thomson (1877 – 1917)
Original oil on plywood, 1914
Collection of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario
Gift of Louise (Thomson) Henry, sister of Tom Thomson, 1967
Puzzle Designer: Jasen Robillard
Dimensions: 28 cm x 41 cm
Piece Count: 408
Difficulty: 4 out of 5

While not formerly part of the Group of Seven, most Canadians recognize Tom Thomson’s oeuvre and correctly attribute his influence and association with this group of elite artists. Soft Maple in Autumn features the beautiful orange, yellow and red hues associated with the fall colours of Algonquin Park. Jigsaw puzzlers will appreciate the autumn in Algonquin Park themed whimsies, including the elusive hero known as Mr. Canoehead.

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