Mayan Calendar

Mayan Calendar from Adawoo Puzzle, via Etsy. I paid too much for this … it is the quite thin, direct-printed, shaped, laser-cut style that we see so much of for as low as $5 … That said, it was a fun challenge, solved mostly by shape but sometimes with color / pattern as a guide. […]
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Fall Bounty Wreath

A super sweet and fun little 63-piece puzzle, “Fall Bounty Wreath”, art by Parker Fulton, #3249-1, from Elms / Waterford, via Hoefnagel. I did it while Ash did art, but Ash put in a couple of key pieces, thus rendering it a dual effort.
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Butterfly on Sunflower (TurtleTeasers)

A very small and adorable coaster-sized (4″ diameter) puzzle, with 55 small pieces, beautifully cut by Ron Moore (TurtleTeasers). The image is “Butterfly on Sunflower” by Doris Payne. The radial cut was really lovely. The border was made trickier by the numerous pieces that had only a tiny (quarter of a centimeter tiny) bit of […]
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Wriggle by Fool’s Gold

Okay, this is an half-completed entry in our family puzzle log. I grabbed Fool’s Gold’s “Wriggle” to do with Ash, thinking without really thinking and aiming for something that was occupying but not maddening. When I whipped it out, Ash said, “whoa, that looks hard,” and I looked at it for the first time in […]
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Crafthub Mermaid

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Puzzle Lab, Mandala 1

Another puzzle Ash and I did today — the pieces were so loose until the very end, that it was a kind of torture. Still, the image and colors were lovely, and it definitely required some concentration and was both fun and satisfying. There was no way we were going to be able to flip […]
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Fool’s Gold “Purrformance”

A fun little hand-carved cat puzzle from Fool’s Gold, with art by Kitty Bigelow. Ash and I did it together – it moved quickly with color and shape matching, and made a lovely shape. Cut by David Beffa-Negrini — I think they all are?
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Hundred Birds Paying Homage to the Phoenix

Via Hoefnagel, a puzzle from Hartmaze on a Chinese folktale, a hundred birds paying homage to the phoenix. (The phoenix was a plain bird that worked all the time gathering food stores; when the drought came, the phoenix generously shared, and each of the other birds presented the phoenix with their most beautiful feather in […]
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Yin Yang Owl, CraftHub

A puzzle from “CraftHub” — very pretty yin yang design, with an owl …. mass produced laser cut.
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Thankful by JNG Puzzles

A new wooden puzzle maker from Hoefnagle: JNG (Joyful Nook Gallery) Puzzles, with “Thankful”, a round, highly polished, autumnal / Thanksgiving-themed puzzle with large pieces. It was a quick and easy assemblage, although there were some non-unique pieces with close color matches that meant you did have to pay attention. (The whole puzzle is radially […]
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Sparkles all Around by Chestnut and Hemlock

This is a beautiful hand-cut, hand-painted puzzle by Terra Rodgers (Chestnut and Hemlock). I got it from Hoefnagel, and liked it so well I ordered one for keeps. The puzzle is TINY — about 6″ diameter, 117 pieces — and the consistent curvey shapes, and individually painted pieces, made it a challenge. It’s all shape […]
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Triskelion by Bradley Schenck

My first Wentworth puzzle, courtesy of Hoefnagel Puzzle Club, and I really enjoyed it. This Wentworth (“Triskelion”) is apparently not a “typical” Wentworth, per Hoefnagel, but the geometric cut had me having to do some mental readjustments to get into the groove (so to speak). The circular layering reminded me a bit of Mr. Gogo […]
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Tannenwald by Klimt, by Liberty

Beautiful image by Klimt, and a fast & fun puzzle by Liberty. Weirdly, the whimsies in this cut were western-style figures … not tailored to this image. Still, a nice fast puzzle for me and Ash.
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Rachell Sumpter “Old Friend”

Finished April 2022. Hard! Artifact Puzzles: “This is a 290-piece wooden jigsaw puzzle of Rachell Sumpter’s “Old Friend.” The colorful wreathed web is paired with a puzzle design by Amy Tang using irregular piece shapes, irregular connectors, and an irregular edge. This puzzle is quite a challenge.” Artist Rachell Sumpter’s website . It looks like […]
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Mars by Erin Darling

This one was fun and somewhat challenging because of the coloring. But, it was overall fairly small and quickly doable. The roundness and colors make me think of some artfully burned wood-fired pizza with a large pepperoni … Available at Bewilderness: This puzzle is the first in a brand new line of planet puzzle collaborations […]
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