I could not get this I Love Canada puzzle here in Canada as it was not listed on the Canadian Amazon. I contacted White Mountain jigsaw puzzles and they told me they do not ship to Canada. I could have paid approximately $75 Canadian to own these 2 but you might agree that that was not reasonable at all for a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle.
After a while I conceded that, once again, I would not have the Christmas House puzzle in my Christmas jigsaw puzzle collection which was somewhat a downer for me. Then, BAM!!!! There it was! At my door!!! I was shocked and surprised - a Puzzle Fairy fulfilled my Christmas wish AND sent along another one of my most favourite White Mountain jigsaw puzzles that I just NEVER thought I could possibly own - the I Love Canada jigsaw puzzle. I am just super thrilled I now have both these puzzles and blessed to have a Puzzle Fairy who knows the power of kindness and generosity! My deepest gratitude goes to this most wonderful jigsaw puzzle Fairy in the world!
Brand: White Mountain Jigsaw Puzzles
Title: I Love Canada Puzzle
Artist: Charlie Girard
Size: 24" x 30"
Overall Experience: Perfect
Cut Quality: Perfect
Board Quality: Firm
Shape Cut: Random
Image Quality: Superb
Hardest Area: Some of the scenic areas
Puzzle Dust? none
Finish Quality: Smooth, glossy
Box Quality: Good and solid
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes
Was this purchased new? no
Price: Puzzle Fairy gift
Recommend Level: High
Time: 9 hours
I did my usual sorting routine.
To assist assembling this jigsaw puzzle border I laid out all the flat edge pieces which make up the border as shown at top right side.
To the right is the finished border that went together easily enough by following the images on the box cover!
The puzzle size is 24" x 30" making the sorting/layout process use 3 foam boards as shown below.
The White Mountain jigsaw puzzles also come with a box lid stand which is really quite convenient to use.
SO much of the puzzle details are familiar to me so it was easy to pick out several small sections at a time to get this one started. The hockey, baseball, chocolate bars, cheezies and Tim Hortons coffee were really easy to pick out so those pieces just flew onto the table. From there I built on the other Canadian items and/or scenes as you can see in my progress images below.
I am fully aware of most of the details in the jigsaw puzzle image and I think the artist, Charlie Girard did terrific artwork in capturing the essence of Canada. According the LinkedIn he has worked at White Mountain jigsaw puzzles for over 8 years and has many wonderful puzzle images to assemble. In fact, you can locate 59 of them right on the White Mountain website!
So take a little closer look at the following images to see the wonderful details of Canada in which we live....how many are you familiar with????
The finish is on this White Mountain jigsaw puzzle is glossy however the pieces are good and solid and fit very well together. This is my second White Mountain jigsaw puzzle I have assembled so I can see why they are so popular. I do like the shape of the pieces being big and solid however the overall size of 24" x 30" is bigger than the standard foam boards we use so that leads to a bigger board.
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About: White Mountain Jigsaw Puzzles
A Legacy of Quality and Variety
White Mountain jigsaw puzzles have become synonymous with exceptional quality, captivating artwork, and a diverse range of themes. With a rich history spanning several decades, White Mountain puzzles have garnered a loyal following among puzzle enthusiasts worldwide. In this article, we delve into the fascinating history of White Mountain puzzles, highlighting their unique artistic collaborations, thematic variety, and range of puzzle piece sizes.
A Legacy of Quality and Craftsmanship
White Mountain puzzles originated in 1978 when founders Cronan Minton and Ted Wroblewski established the company in Jackson, New Hampshire. From its inception, White Mountain has been committed to producing puzzles of the highest quality, using premium materials and precise manufacturing processes. This dedication to craftsmanship has earned them a stellar reputation within the puzzle community.
Artistic Collaborations and Captivating Themes
One of the hallmarks of White Mountain puzzles is their collaboration with talented artists from various backgrounds. These collaborations have resulted in an extensive catalog of puzzle themes, ensuring there is something for every puzzle enthusiast.
The White Mountain puzzle collection features works by renowned artists such as Charles Wysocki, Terry Redlin, and Fred Swan. Their distinct styles and attention to detail bring to life a variety of themes, including Americana, nostalgic scenes, wildlife, nature, landmarks, and pop culture. Whether you're looking for a puzzle that evokes a sense of small-town charm or one that celebrates the beauty of nature, White Mountain offers a diverse selection to suit different interests and preferences.
Variety of Piece Sizes and Formats
White Mountain puzzles cater to puzzle enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels, offering a range of puzzle piece sizes and formats. They understand that different individuals have varying preferences and requirements when it comes to puzzle difficulty and piece size.
For those seeking a challenge, White Mountain offers puzzles with standard-sized pieces, typically ranging from 500 to 1,000 pieces. These puzzles require focus, attention to detail, and problem-solving skills to complete. They are ideal for puzzle enthusiasts looking for a satisfying and immersive experience.
White Mountain also recognizes the needs of those who prefer larger, easier-to-handle pieces. They offer puzzles with larger piece sizes, typically ranging from 300 to 550 pieces. These puzzles are suitable for individuals with limited dexterity, visual impairments, or those who simply enjoy the comfort of larger pieces.
In addition to their traditional puzzle formats, White Mountain also offers special formats such as shaped puzzles and collage puzzles. Shaped puzzles add an extra element of challenge and visual interest, featuring unique outlines that correspond to the puzzle image. Collage puzzles combine multiple smaller images into a cohesive larger picture, providing a unique and visually stimulating puzzle experience.
White Mountain jigsaw puzzles have established themselves as a symbol of quality, craftsmanship, and artistic variety. With their rich history and commitment to excellence, White Mountain continues to captivate puzzle enthusiasts with their collaboration with renowned artists, diverse themes, and a range of puzzle piece sizes.
Whether you're seeking a challenging puzzle that immerses you in a nostalgic scene or a puzzle with larger pieces for ease and comfort, White Mountain offers a wide selection to cater to different interests and needs. With each puzzle, White Mountain invites you to embark on a captivating journey of creativity, relaxation, and joy.
(ChatGPT, personal communication, June 20, 2023)