This Dusty Plains puzzle has so few 'elements' to it that I found it to be easier than I expected. I was really procrastinating over attempting this one but those beasts kept calling me. Finally their turn came up on the 'list' so I dug into my commitment. I was pleasantly surprised. I did the sky based on shades then that left areas to assemble in black, gold fur, soft brown skin, dark hills, golden field with areas of bluish flower/weeds. DONE! Amazon Link
Overall Experience: Great
Cut Quality: Great
Board Quality: Firm
Shape Cut: random
Image Quality: Great
Hardest Area: The goldish grass near the bottom
Puzzle Dust? None
Finish Quality: Smooth, matte linen finish
Box Quality: Good and solid
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes
Was this purchased new? no
Price: Picked for review
Recommend Level: Highly
Time: 10 hours
I have switched up from using foam boards for sorting. Since I have established that the Grateful House jigsaw puzzling trays can hold a 1000 piece puzzle laid out, (using the lid for the border pieces) I find it convenient to layout my sorting process as shown in the images. I set up the 8 trays plus the lid and the box of puzzle pieces in the centre to sort according to colours or details. I do the border on my foam board working area first so I can put the lid on the trays for movement.
On the upper right side you can see the poster which is a very nice size and you can see the image area under the Company logo on the front of the box.
For the border the top is a pinkish sunset which runs halfway down the sides. The bottom has the darkish weeks and the sides are combined with golden field and dark hills. This is where I was thinking, 'yep, this is going to take longer than my usual timing for a 1000 Piece Puzzle which is around 10 hours. SO I went into this one expecting that to happen.
First off, you should know that I did a really 'solid' sort when it came to colours and patterns on the pieces. I don't normally start with the cloudy sky, but for some reason it seemed to be the easier place to start because it had that most definitive orange line starting just above the dark hills on the left and right sides. It was a small amount to start with but it got me going. Then I found myself looking at the different shades of the sky and suddenly it seemed like putting a 'rainbow' type areas together. I simply followed the colour shades which led to the darker clouds and lighter centre area. That let to the dark hills and that let to the beasts themselves.
It appears that I was able to assemble this one from top to bottom because of the difference in the treelike and water reflection Next it was the Bison I assembled. The heads were tricky but the areas were small and the colours had blue/grey strokes on them. That followed the gold fur, light brown skin and the 'dusty' area under their bellies.
After the Bison were assemble, I was left with the golden fields and close up weed. They were quite definitive as some had the thin lines with bluish weeds versus the golden field area.
The following are some nice close up images that show the shapes of the jigsaw puzzle pieces and the massive bodies on these beasts!
This is the first time I have assemble artwork by Rosemary Millette that Cobble Hills Puzzle Company sells. I am very pleased to say the Dusty Plains puzzle looked terrific on the table as I am very impressed with artwork which gave me a closeup look at these mammoths!
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About Cobble Hill Jigsaw Puzzles
Cobble Hill is a Canadian company that specializes in producing high-quality jigsaw puzzles for adults. The company has gained a reputation for producing visually appealing and challenging puzzles that are made from durable and eco-friendly materials.
One of the standout features of Cobble Hill puzzles is their unique designs. The company collaborates with artists from around the world to create puzzles that are not only challenging but also visually stunning. They have puzzles featuring iconic artworks such as Gustav "Klimt" puzzle and festive designs like "The Village Tree". They also offer themed puzzles such as animals, landscapes, and nostalgia.
Cobble Hill puzzles are made from high-quality, recycled materials that are durable and environmentally friendly. The puzzle pieces are thick and sturdy, making them easy to handle and assemble. Additionally, the pieces fit together smoothly and accurately, ensuring that the finished puzzle looks seamless and well-crafted.
Another notable feature of Cobble Hill puzzles is their commitment to sustainability. The company uses recycled and biodegradable materials in their puzzle production, and they also use vegetable-based inks in their printing process. Additionally, they donate puzzles to nursing homes and Alzheimer's facilities to help individuals with cognitive challenges.
In terms of pricing, Cobble Hill puzzles are generally affordable, with prices ranging from $15 to $25 for most designs. While they may be slightly more expensive than some other brands, the high-quality materials and unique designs justify the cost.
Cobble Hill also has a strong social media presence and engages with its audience through various platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. They regularly post images of new puzzles, behind-the-scenes glimpses of their puzzle-making process, and share puzzles completed by their followers. Their social media strategy has helped them to build a loyal following of puzzle enthusiasts and has helped them to stay relevant in a competitive market.
One area where Cobble Hill could improve is their range of puzzle sizes. While they offer a decent range of sizes, they do not currently offer puzzles with more than 2000 pieces, which may be a drawback for experienced puzzlers looking for a greater challenge.
In conclusion, Cobble Hill is a brand of jigsaw puzzles that offers high-quality, visually stunning, and eco-friendly puzzles that are enjoyed by puzzle enthusiasts of all skill levels. Their unique designs, commitment to sustainability, and engagement on social media have helped them to stand out in a crowded market and build a loyal following. While they could expand their range of puzzle sizes, overall, Cobble Hill puzzles are a great choice for anyone looking for a fun and challenging puzzle-solving experience.
(ChatGPT, personal communication, June 20, 2023)