Overall Experience: Good
Cut Quality: Good
Board Quality: Good
Shape Cut: Ribbon-grid
Image Quality: Great
Hardest Area: buildings
Puzzle Dust? none
Finish Quality: Smooth
Box Quality: Excellent
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: no
Was this purchased new? no
Price: .50 cents
Recommend Level: High
Time: 3 hours
I did my usual sorting routine.
The border seemed to go together quite quickly which was a sign - the entire image seemed to just fall into place very quickly. I have to say, this one was easy.
I started with the pinkish clouds at the top, then the Saddle Done, down to the bottom fence, crowd, ferris wheel and buildings.
The Calgary Stampede dates back to the early 1900's and today is a 10 day Rodeo combined Festival. It is a huge tourist attraction to the city every year. The close up images below shares only a few of the highlights.
Calgary Stampede Festival Park Entrance
Calgary Saddle Dome (Arena)
Calgary Stampede Festival Chuck Wagon Races
Calgary Stampede Festival Chuck Wagon Races
Calgary Stampede Festival Casino
Calgary Stampede Festival Fairgrounds
Painting since his early 20's Eric Dowdle's Folk Art has been selling since 1995. He has won many awards and is well recognized within the jigsaw puzzle world. The quality of board and packaging has maintained the highest of levels.
As you can see I purchased this jigsaw puzzle for only .50 cents at the Thrift Store. I have had really good luck with 'not' missing pieces on a previously loved jigsaw puzzle however that was not the case for this jigsaw puzzle.
But - I did have 2 of the same (yeah...it happens) Dowdle Calgary jigsaw puzzles so I thought I would sort through the 2nd Calgary jigsaw puzzle and easily replace the missing piece in the first one - Well....such was not the case.
As you can see in the following image the cuts of the 2nd Calgary jigsaw puzzle are not even remotely close.....Hmmm....I still have a missing piece :(
This makes for a perfect example of why some jigsaw puzzle companies cannot replace a single piece of a jigsaw puzzle if it is bought new and is missing a piece. Pieces do go missing on brand new puzzles. I have experienced it proven by a sealed 2000 piece puzzle with 2 missing.
Not all puzzles are cut at the same factory either and even if the jigsaw puzzle piece is cut slightly different, chances are pretty good it is not going to fit into the 'missing piece puzzle'. You are better off to receive a brand new puzzle and do it again or replace it with a different puzzle altogether.
Paid .50 cents at the Thrift Store
I have 2 of the same Calgary jigsaw puzzles
Sorting through the 2nd Calgary pile looking for the missing piece for the 1st Calgary jigsaw puzzle.
Clearly the cuts are not the same on both puzzles - the images are the same but the cuts are not.
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This one is not geographical but I could not resist sharing it because I have done it and have it on my wall.
About: Dowdle Folk Art and Jigsaw Puzzles
Celebrating Life and Culture
Introduction: Dowdle Folk Art and Dowdle Jigsaw Puzzles are renowned for their distinctive artistic style and commitment to celebrating life and culture through their creations. At the heart of this successful enterprise is the talented artist Eric Dowdle, whose passion for capturing the essence of communities and landmarks has led to the creation of captivating folk art and engaging jigsaw puzzles. In this article, we will explore the profile of artist Eric Dowdle and delve into the world of Dowdle Folk Art and Jigsaw Puzzles.
The Profile of Artist Eric Dowdle: Eric Dowdle, the creative force behind Dowdle Folk Art, is an accomplished artist known for his unique and recognizable style. With a background in fine art, Eric combines his artistic talent with a deep appreciation for communities, landmarks, and cultural heritage. His ability to capture the vibrancy and spirit of each location he portrays has made his work highly sought after by collectors and puzzle enthusiasts alike.
The Distinctive Dowdle Style: Eric Dowdle's artistic style is characterized by its folk art-inspired elements, vibrant colors, and attention to detail. His paintings portray scenes from cities, towns, and landmarks around the world, capturing the essence of local life, architecture, and cultural traditions. Each piece reflects a sense of joy, community, and celebration, inviting viewers to explore and appreciate the unique qualities of each location.
Translating Art to Jigsaw Puzzles: Dowdle's captivating artwork has found a natural home in the world of jigsaw puzzles. Dowdle Jigsaw Puzzles faithfully reproduce his original paintings, allowing puzzle enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the beauty and charm of his art. Each puzzle piece is crafted with precision to ensure a seamless fit, providing a satisfying puzzling experience that showcases Eric Dowdle's artwork in all its glory.
A Diverse Collection of Puzzles: Dowdle Jigsaw Puzzles offer a diverse range of themes and locations, reflecting the artist's passion for capturing the world's cultural heritage. From iconic cities like New York and Paris to quaint small towns and natural wonders, there is a Dowdle puzzle for every interest and preference. The collection also includes holiday-themed puzzles, sports-themed puzzles, and puzzles that celebrate specific cultural events, offering something for everyone.
Interactive and Educational Puzzling: Dowdle Jigsaw Puzzles go beyond being just a source of entertainment. They provide an interactive and educational experience, allowing puzzlers to explore the details of each painting and gain insights into the history, landmarks, and traditions of the depicted locations. As the puzzle takes shape, puzzlers connect with the spirit of the community and develop a deeper appreciation for the rich tapestry of cultures around the world.
Collector's Editions and Special Features: Dowdle Folk Art and Jigsaw Puzzles also offer collector's editions and special features that enhance the puzzle experience. Collector's editions may include additional puzzle pieces, unique packaging, or exclusive artwork. Some puzzles even feature hidden surprises and Easter eggs, adding an element of discovery and delight for avid puzzlers and collectors.
Community Engagement and Philanthropy: Eric Dowdle and his team actively engage with communities and organizations to foster a sense of connection and support charitable causes. Dowdle Folk Art and Jigsaw Puzzles often partner with local charities and community initiatives, giving back to the places that inspire their artwork. This commitment to community involvement adds a meaningful dimension to the Dowdle experience.
Conclusion: Dowdle Folk Art and Dowdle Jigsaw Puzzles, led by artist Eric Dowdle, have created a unique space in the world of art and puzzling. Eric's distinctive style and ability to capture the essence of communities and landmarks have brought joy and inspiration to countless individuals. Dowdle Jigsaw Puzzles offer a delightful puzzling experience, allowing enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the vibrant world of Eric Dowdle's artwork. As you explore the Dowdle collection, you'll discover the power of art to celebrate life, culture, and the shared experiences that connect us all.
(ChatGPT, personal communication, June 20, 2023)