This Lakeshore puzzle has a very peaceful aura about it. Besides being a Greg Giordano image and the quality of Cobble Hill, the experience is one of calming desire to immerse oneself into the serene image. A person can almost hear the sounds of nature surrounding the lake as it is clearly seen with the moose lingering in the background on the upper left or the eagle circulating in the air. The steaming hot coffee on the outdoor chairs is very inviting. Lakeshore Puzzle Amazon Link
Overall Experience: Great
Cut Quality: Great
Board Quality: Firm
Shape Cut: random
Image Quality: Great
Hardest Area: The green grass near the bottom
Puzzle Dust? some
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: 11 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 bluish/yellow, the bottom is mostly greenish and the sides are mostly green on the bottom portion working into the greenish/bluish areas. I'll admit, it was tricky which was an indication that this puzzle may very well be overall tricky.
I don't normally start with the cloudy sky, but for some reason it seemed to be the easier place to start. Blue-white on the right and mostly purple/bluish/yellow on the left.
It appears that I was able to assemble this one from top to bottom because of the difference in the treelike and water reflection as seen below.
Then it was a matter of the chairs. They look white in the image however the pieces that are 'chair-pieces' are actually beige which was a bit of a surprise to me. Maybe they call it eggshell white but it's been a while since I have seen a non-colour match on a jigsaw puzzle....just saying'...
So I completed the chairs, basket, boats, dock and lake water, leaving the large green sections for last. They would take more then usual time to assemble.
The following are some nice close up images that show the shapes of the jigsaw puzzle pieces and some of the details you might not ordinarily see.
I really enjoy assembling the Greg Giordano artwork that Cobble Hills Puzzle Company sells. His artwork is true to reality with so much detail. I have done several of them in the past. One of my very first ones that I assembled was Christmas on the Farm which I still have in my collection today.
The Lakeshore puzzle is another delightful Summer image to assemble but a little trickier than others I have done in the past.
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