This White Christmas Puzzle is the type that the image does not appear easily in the pieces as it does when the pieces fit in place. It could be due to the paint-brush strokes. It was tricky but gorgeous when completed - well worth the extra efforts.
Overall Experience: Good
Cut Quality: Good
Board Quality: Good
Shape Cut: Random
Image Quality: Good
Hardest Area: snowy-road
Puzzle Dust? not much
Finish Quality: Smooth
Box Quality: Good - minor-damage
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes
Was this purchased new? no
Price: Springbok sent for review
Recommend Level: High
Time: 12 hours
I did my usual sorting routine.
As you can see in the sorting, there are not many defined colors to be seen clearly. This type of artwork is quite visible with brush strokes on the close up view and much clearer when seen from a distance.
Some of the warm lights in the houses and church blend with some areas of the pinkish sky and reflections in the snow at the the bottom.
I did not refer much to the image itself but relied more heavily on the shapes of the pieces. That said, this was a case of the image magically appearing as more pieces found their places.
I started with the snowman, fences, lights in buildings, street lights, the buildings and church steeple.
The frames of the buildings were tricky, the steps and street snow was tricky, the green trees with lights were tricky and the sky was tricky.
Normally a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle would not take 12 hours.
Note the close up photo to the right how visible the brush strokes are yet the image just below shows how clearly the buildings, vehicle and street lights can be seen.
Robert Finale is the Artist of this delightful and enchanting image. He shares his lifelong work as an artist around the world and is certainly worth taking a look at.
Shipping has it's drawbacks too. I am not exactly sure how the puzzle got 'injured' inside the box as the outside of the shipping box does not appear to be damaged at all. The Springbok jigsaw puzzle box lids are quite sturdy so quite a jab would have to imply a dent like that.
It's Christmas in July with the Springbok's White Christmas puzzle. They recently sent it to me for review. It's quite helpful to have the random-shape pieces cut for artwork such as this because it makes the jigsaw puzzle experience enjoyable.
I am very pleased to add this one to my completed collection and I highly recommend it to those who enjoy just a little extra challenge - but not too much!
I also had the pleasure of assembling the Springbok Christmas Keepsake which I found at the Thrift Store for .50 cents. It's a beauty and no missing pieces either.
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A Rich Legacy in Jigsaw Puzzles
In the world of jigsaw puzzles, few names evoke a sense of nostalgia and quality quite like Springbok. With a rich history spanning several decades, Springbok has established itself as a prominent and beloved puzzle brand. In this article, we will delve into the fascinating history of Springbok, its connection with Hallmark, its unique puzzle qualities, and the diverse range of puzzles it produces.
Origins and Hallmark Connection
Springbok traces its roots back to the 1960s when founders Robert and Katie Lewin embarked on a mission to create high-quality jigsaw puzzles. Initially, the company focused on creating puzzles with exceptional imagery and intricate designs. In 1963, Springbok caught the attention of Hallmark Cards, a renowned greeting card company. Recognizing the potential of Springbok puzzles, Hallmark acquired the company, infusing it with resources and expertise while retaining its commitment to craftsmanship.
Superior Quality and Craftsmanship
One of the distinguishing characteristics of Springbok puzzles is their superior quality. Known for their thick, sturdy pieces, Springbok puzzles are crafted to withstand multiple assemblies, ensuring longevity and durability. The company takes pride in using eco-friendly materials and adheres to rigorous production standards, resulting in puzzles that stand the test of time.
Another hallmark of Springbok puzzles is their precision-cut pieces. The company employs a unique interlocking technique, ensuring that each piece fits seamlessly with its neighbors. This precision cut not only enhances the puzzle assembly experience but also allows for a visually appealing final result.
Diverse Puzzle Collection
Springbok offers a wide array of puzzles, catering to various interests and skill levels. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a fan of classic art, or someone who enjoys whimsical designs, Springbok has something for everyone. Their puzzle themes encompass breathtaking landscapes, nostalgic scenes, vibrant wildlife, iconic landmarks, and much more.
Additionally, Springbok is known for producing specialty puzzles that go beyond the traditional rectangular shape. Their shaped puzzles, often featuring unique silhouettes that complement the image, add an extra layer of challenge and visual appeal. These distinctive puzzles are a testament to Springbok's commitment to innovation and creativity.
Continued Legacy and Dedication
Over the years, Springbok has continued to uphold its legacy as a provider of high-quality puzzles. The company has remained true to its mission of crafting puzzles that delight and engage puzzlers of all ages. Through their collaboration with Hallmark, Springbok has consistently delivered puzzles that capture the imagination and spark joy in the hearts of puzzle enthusiasts.
Springbok's commitment to excellence extends beyond the puzzles themselves. The company understands that assembling puzzles is not only a hobby but also a way to connect with others and create lasting memories. They strive to create puzzles that foster a sense of togetherness, whether it's a family gathering, a quiet evening at home, or a social activity among friends.
Springbok's history is woven with a passion for puzzles, an unwavering dedication to quality, and a commitment to capturing the essence of visual art. From their partnership with Hallmark to their reputation for superior craftsmanship and diverse puzzle offerings, Springbok has earned its place as a beloved brand in the world of jigsaw puzzles.
As you embark on your puzzle-solving adventures, consider exploring the captivating collection of Springbok puzzles, where creativity, quality, and a rich legacy converge.
(ChatGPT, personal communication, June 20, 2023)