House of 7 Gables Jigsaw Puzzles

Brand: Dowdle jigsaw puzzles

Title: House of 7 Gables

Artist: Eric Dowdle

Size: 20" x 27" or 48.89 x 67.63cm

Pieces: 1000

Click on the video to watch a short video with Halloween music!


Review

Overall Experience:  Great

Cut Quality:  Awesome

Board Quality: firm

Shape Cut: Random and various sizes

Image Quality: super

Hardest Area: The trees in dark sky 

Puzzle Dust? minimal

Finish Quality: Smooth 

Box Quality: Good and solid

Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes

Was this purchased new? no

Price: $2.00

Recommend Level: Highly

Time: 15 hours

Assembly

I did my usual sorting routine.

  1. Sorting to locate all  the outside border pieces, while....
  2. Placing the pieces into the 'general-color' piles. 
  3. Then I carried on with a second round of sorting (similar colors sorted by shades/patterns) while placing the pieces flat out on the poster boards. 

I was nervous for the dark colours and very odd shapes but I wanted so badly to have it for Halloween.

For some reason I thought the siding on the house was going to be challenging but it turns out the windows and trees were tricky.  

I started with the Halloween Trick or Treaters along the bottom, along with the sidewalk area. Slowly I built up the building walls and the main tree in front of the house. Since the house the windows were tricky, I moved up to the dark sky around the tree, moon and rooftop.

Then I built each window so the building itself finally came together. AND it looks fantastic....loads of dark though but well worth putting it together.

Take a look at these closeup to get a great view of the images and quality of this House of Seven Gables jigsaw puzzle.


Comments

This House of Seven Gables jigsaw puzzle is a keeper for me. Scroll down to read about the FREE book.   :)

Meet the artist Eric Dowdle. He has been painting folk art for over 20 years with a collection of over 200 pieces. 

He lives in Utah, USA when not travelling the world.


The House of Seven Gables Book

Here's the 1915 version of  The House of Seven Gables which is actually still a museum today in  Salem, Massachusetts. Photo is in the Wikipedia - CLICK HERE for more reading.

I told my Mom I was doing the House of Seven Gables jigsaw puzzle and she told me she read it as a young adult. Myself, I have never heard of the story or house. I only noted the jigsaw puzzle at the Thrift Store (luckily for me ALL the pieces were there) and loved it.

I asked her what the story was about and she told me it was a bit of witchery and romance. So I decided to do a bit of research on it. I thought I would add a little extra to my Halloween season by buying and reading the book. Then I will send it to my Mom so we can both chat about it. {She lives 1690 miles away from me now :( ....}


Click here to read/download a FREE copy of The House of Seven Gables  story.

I managed to locate a vintage copy from 'Fast Eddy' on Ebay. He sent me this copy and according to the information I located on the internet this edition of The House of Seven Gables was printed between 1892-1895 and therefore it is available in the Public Domain.

That allows us to share this version of  the story in the PDF format. To get your FREE copy to read this Halloween simply CLICK HERE

My Mom certainly was correct (her 84 year old long term memory is fantastic) about what the story is about however....WOW what a read it was.....

I have NEVER read a writer's work like that.....I guess we have adapted to the grade 7-8 level of reading - this one needs a dictionary on standby and very superb 'deep' writing.

If this was a painting it would have had tons of very intricate details to it - well let me sum it up this way....I will never forget this story and not so much for what it is about but for how the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, wrote it.

I hope you take the time to enjoy this little extra during the Halloween season......happy puzzling!!!


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