First thing - I did not assemble the Frog Business puzzle. It has been put to the test as a first-time user of Cobble Hill Puzzles by my adult daughter and her Man. You should know they are Gen-X and the idea of doing puzzles for all the years I have been doing them, to both of them, puzzles never appealed to them. Also being new to puzzling, they had a puzzle spill and seemed to have lost 1 piece even though we did look for it....maybe it will show up someday.....Newbies.... tisk, tisk :(
Brand: Cobble Hills Puzzle Company
Title: Frog Business Puzzle
Artist: Lori Anzalone
Size: 19.25 x 26.625″
Overall Experience: Good
Cut Quality: Great
Board Quality: Firm
Shape Cut: random
Image Quality: Great
Hardest Area: The dark greens
Puzzle Dust? minimal
Finish Quality: Smooth, matte
Box Quality: Good and solid
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes
Was this purchased new? no
Price: Picked for review
Recommend Level: Highly
Time: 20 hours
They actually started a different puzzle first and they experienced the same negative process as they did many years ago as teenagers.....the pieces were ribbon cut and pieces fit into more than one place....I encouraged them to try a different puzzle. They picked the Frog Business puzzle upon my few suggestions for great colors and random cuts.
As you can see above, they did not really sort the pieces, as sorting pieces (to them and many other puzzlers) is boring. Instead they opted out for picking through the boxes for the colors they were assembling and just laying them out.
They also thought they might work from the bottom to the top but soon abandoned that idea once they seen that eliminating colors was the better direction in this Frog Business puzzle's case. The photos above show how they progressed.
The above photos share the great quality and random cut on Cobble Hills Puzzles and is exactly what sold this Gen-X couple to have a renewed look at puzzles. Here's some of the comments I got on their feedback;
This is the first 1000 piece puzzle they have assembled since childhood and now it seems they are still willing to puzzle more puzzles - truly a good sign here. SO many thanks to Cobble Hills Puzzles for getting my daughter into puzzling as it is hoped that she will continue to share my hobby during her spare time going forward.
ps.....eventually we did find the piece that escaped them which completed the Frog Business puzzle.
In keeping with creatures, I also had the pleasure of assembling the Cobble Hill Summer Birdhouse puzzle.
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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)