My unique wooden puzzles are all hand cut piece by piece with patience, time and concentration in order to craft you the finest quality wooden jigsaw puzzle, capable of thrilling avid enthusiasts and collectors of hardwood jigsaw puzzles worldwide.
I make my puzzles using one of 4 different cut styles, with piece counts ranging from as few as 12 pieces to as many as 4,000 or more pieces per puzzle. A single large jigsaw puzzle can take me 4-6 entire days to carefully hand cut.
I pride myself on my unique ability to cut my puzzle pieces to conform to the image you have chosen. For example, I will rarely cut through important features in a picture such as faces of people, animals, small objects or through the lettering of legible words. Instead, I carefully develop my cuts to encompass these objects, as well as thread cuts around and between the letters of words, when possible, in order to preserve their integrity and readability once the puzzle is assembled.
Side view of my special Birch wood ------->
Because my puzzles are made from the finest quality Birch wood, and use professional image mounting techniques, they will last for many years. They are a true family keepsake and heirlooms, to be enjoyed again and again, being passed down to the future generations of your family.
The most unique feature about my puzzles is that I want you to make all the decisions regarding how you want me to make you your very special wooden jigsaw puzzle. For starters, I let you select the image that is used for the puzzle, whether that be an enlarged personal photo of your own, an art print poster that you purchased at a local art store, or your company logo. You may also select any image that you can find in my online art gallery of wonderful art prints! Pretty much any image is suitable for your personalized jigsaw puzzle, as long as it is an image that you like, and that it has meaning to you, or ther person you are giving the puzzle to.
Not only do you choose your image, but I also ask you to choose which special figure shape pieces you wish me to cut into your puzzle. These pieces can either represent objects like birds, tools, animals (see picture to left) etc..., as well as puzzle pieces cut to spell out names and dates. (Names and dates are great for wedding and anniversary puzzles)
Finally, you get to choose the cut style used to create your puzzle, depending on which style most appeals to you, or on the difficulty level you are looking for in your unique custom wooden jigsaw puzzle. I can even apply an irregular border to your puzzle to increase it's difficulty. Straight edge puzzles are nice, but tend to be a bit easier to solve since most puzzlers assemble the edge first and then work their way inward. (I do have tricks that can counter this however) The Irregular edge feature greatly reduces the solvers ability to know what puzzle pieces are edge pieces.
Once you have given me the formula for your puzzle, I will add some of my own special tricks to it, in order to stump the solver(s), and give it some additional character and flavor. Some of my trick cuts have taken people many hours to solve.
Since October of 1997, I have hand signed, individually numbered and date every puzzle of consequence that I have ever cut. This signature is usually located on the back of my signature piece which I put in pretty much any custom wooden puzzle with at least 150 pieces. In puzzles with fewer than 150 peices, I usually do not cut my signature piece, but rather, I will sign the back of a few random puzzle pieces. As of January 23, 2004, I was up to puzzle number 2,154.
A few weeks, or a few days if you placed a RUSH order, after you place your order, the FedEx truck will drive to your home or office to hand deliver your family's new treasured keepsake. You will be hard pressed to immediately open the box and admire the individual puzzle pieces with their aesthetically pleasing shapes and contours. The temptation to start solving is usually an immediate one. Good luck, as for the next few hours and days will be filled with my best efforts to intrigue and challenge you! ENJOY!
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Here I am showing one of my smaller puzzles at my friend Leif Nilsson's Art Gallery in Chester, Connecticut. Leif's impressionist art gallery is one of the only places that you can purchase one of my wooden puzzles "already made". Click on the above photo to enlarge it.
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