I found the Air jigsaw puzzle which is one of the four Element Series to be a bit easier than the water however I am still amazed at the amazing details of items and how the image was created. Very impressive! I cannot even imagine organizing this many items so strategically onto the large boards. What a terrific project that would be to work on! Amazon Link
Overall Experience: Great
Cut Quality: Good
Board Quality: firm
Shape Cut: random
Image Quality: great
Hardest Area: No particular area
Puzzle Dust? minimal
Finish Quality: Smooth matte
Box Quality: Great
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes
Was this purchased new? no
Price: Picked for review
Recommend Level: highly
Time: 11 hours
Not much sense in doing a sorting except to get the edge pieces out and similar colors together. I did lay all the pieces out onto two foam boards which confirms I have all the edge pieces.
So 'the plan of attack' for these 4 Element puzzles will be the big letters first then look for the largest sections of colors/patterns/objects. Then just continuously pick away at items by placing them into their 'estimated' areas, one by one which eventually match up.
As you can see in the image below there are a lot of sporadic unfilled areas due to the extreme amount of details and items. We often refer to these images as busy but this one seems more easier than the Water puzzle but not sure why.....
The following 4 images shares closeup of some of the details in the Air jigsaw puzzle and the 5th image shows the size of the small images in comparison to the big letters.
I chose the Elements Series of 4 puzzles titled Water, Air, Fire and Earth as part of my selection of annual reviews for Cobble Hill Puzzle Company. The Element Series is created by Shelley Davies. They are a new Series for 2019 and you can check the following link to locate the Preferred Retailers and the Online Stores for purchasing. CLICK HERE
I will be submitting all 4 completed puzzles to the World Puzzle Days which Cobble Hills Puzzle Company is one of the Sponsors as well. Thanks to Cobble Hills I have now completed 2 out of 4 and really enjoyed this Air jigsaw puzzle.
We have collected a massive list of jigsaw puzzles in numerous categories on our Amazon Store link. It's a quick way to browse most current puzzles and/or specific seasons, accessories and themes. Makes for a terrific one-stop jigsaw puzzle gift giving shopping centre. CLICK HERE
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About: Wood Cut vs. Cardboard Jigsaw Puzzles
Exploring the Differences
Jigsaw puzzles are a beloved pastime, offering hours of entertainment and relaxation. While cardboard puzzles have been the traditional choice for many years, wood cut puzzles have gained popularity in recent times. In this article, we'll delve into the differences between assembling a wood cut jigsaw puzzle and a cardboard jigsaw puzzle, with a particular focus on the modern-day laser scroll cutting machines used in wood cut puzzles and their role in creating accurate whimsies.
1. Materials and Durability
The most apparent difference between wood cut and cardboard jigsaw puzzles lies in the materials used. Cardboard puzzles are crafted using thick, sturdy cardboard layers, while wood cut puzzles are made from high-quality wood, often sourced sustainably. The use of wood imparts a distinct tactile and visual appeal to the puzzle pieces, providing a unique and durable puzzle experience.
2. Precision and Interlocking Mechanism
Wood cut puzzles are known for their precise cuts and interlocking mechanisms. In the past, these puzzles were hand-cut, requiring skilled artisans to carefully shape each piece. However, with advancements in technology, modern-day wood cut puzzles are crafted using laser scroll cutting machines. These machines use precise laser technology to cut intricate shapes, ensuring a snug fit between the puzzle pieces. This precision enhances the overall puzzle-solving experience and allows for seamless assembly.
3. Whimsical and Irregular Pieces
One of the standout features of wood cut puzzles is the inclusion of whimsical or irregular puzzle pieces. Whimsies are specially shaped puzzle pieces that are not part of the traditional puzzle image. They can take various forms, including animals, objects, or unique designs. Laser scroll cutting machines are instrumental in creating these whimsies with accuracy and intricacy, adding an element of surprise and delight to the puzzle-solving process.
4. Artistic Appeal and Collectibility
Wood cut puzzles are often chosen for their artistic appeal and collectible nature. Many wood cut puzzle manufacturers collaborate with renowned artists to create exquisite puzzle images. The combination of high-quality wood, precise cutting, and stunning artwork elevates the overall aesthetic and makes wood cut puzzles highly sought after by puzzle enthusiasts and collectors.
5. Puzzle Size and Complexity
Wood cut puzzles are available in a range of sizes and complexity levels. Smaller puzzles with fewer pieces are suitable for beginners or those seeking a quicker puzzle-solving experience, while larger puzzles with thousands of pieces offer a more challenging endeavor. The use of laser scroll cutting machines ensures that even intricate and complex designs can be accurately reproduced, allowing for a seamless assembly regardless of the puzzle's size or difficulty level.
6. Environmental Considerations
Wood cut puzzles often boast eco-friendly credentials due to the sustainable sourcing of wood materials. Many manufacturers prioritize using wood from responsibly managed forests or utilize recycled wood, making wood cut puzzles a conscious choice for environmentally conscious puzzlers.
Embrace the Unique Experience
Whether you choose a wood cut or a cardboard jigsaw puzzle, both offer their own unique experience and appeal. Wood cut puzzles impress with their tactile feel, precision, and whimsical pieces, while cardboard puzzles provide affordability and a wide variety of designs. Ultimately, the choice between the two depends on personal preferences and the type of puzzle experience you seek.
So, whether you're captivated by the elegance of wood cut puzzles or prefer the classic charm of cardboard puzzles, there's no shortage of delightful options to explore. Embrace the differences and enjoy the wonderful world of jigsaw puzzling, one piece at a time!
(ChatGPT, personal communication, June 20, 2023)