© Lynette Goric
the photo above, several figure pieces have been
turned over to show the cherry back.
(Click the picture for a larger view in a new
Puzzles makes fine, heirloom-quality wooden jigsaw
puzzles. Our handcrafted puzzles range from the truly traditional
to the treacherously tricky.
Each puzzle starts out as a print
(either from our selection here or something you send). The
print is mounted on special puzzle wood, which is backed with
a beautiful cherry veneer.
The Design Process
Then the design process begins.
In traditional-style and photo
puzzles, figure pieces are planned to complement the print.
Some, like the sailboat, seagull, and little boy going to
the beach, are suggested by the image (see picture at right).
Others, like the hummingbird and ice cream cone, take advantage
of areas of color or pattern. Customers also may request figure
pieces, names, and dates. Click here for some personalization inspiration. As a rule, trick puzzles do not
have room for figure pieces, but are designed to be extra-challenging.
logo (we call him Thingamabob)
is included as a signature piece in every puzzle if space
allows. If space does not allow, we tuck in among your puzzle
pieces a golden Thingamabob that doesnt
fit in the puzzle.
After we complete the design, we
cut the puzzle in one of two cutting styles lobed
defined by the shape of the interlocks. Each piece
is individually cut using a very fine blade, with about two
pieces per square inch. This handcrafting means that every
Thingamajigsaw Puzzle is unique.
The pieces below were
cut in the lobed style used by many
old-time puzzle makers. We believe this
style results in beautifully shaped puzzle
pieces. If the customer does not specify
the cutting style, we like to cut all medium
to large size puzzles in this lobed style.
The pieces below were cut
in the knobby style. This style adds
a bit of difficulty, as pieces tend to be
more uniform in shape, and it is a good
choice for smaller puzzles.
After we cut the puzzle, we sand and finish
the cherry back to bring out the beauty and grain of the wood.
Then we take the puzzle apart.
Packing and Shipping
Next, we count the pieces and pack them in an
attractive gold box, labeled with the puzzle name and piece
count (but no picture). Finally, we wrap the box in tissue,
pack it in a carton, and ship it to you!