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Wildlife Circular Jigsaw Puzzle

Title: Woodland Wildlife 1981

Brand: Waddingtons, Bramelea, ON Canada

Size: 20 inches in diameter OR 50cm

Pieces: 500 piece puzzles

This is a 37 year old jigsaw puzzle (at the time of this writing). I bought it for 50 cents and lucky for me it was complete. Being only 500 pieces it was a real quick fix too.
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The quality is of medium board
Some of the pieces would just ‘butt’ up against the others
The colourful areas were easiest to complete of course
I like the idea of being able to rotate the image to assemble the 4-side areas
The pieces were of odd shapes but not too drastic like some I have seen
The image looks much better than the box but it is still a tad on the dull side
The back of the box shows why they chose to do the 4-side areas with the ‘vintage’ looking family image…..oh the days of yore….heehee….

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Great Horned Owl Jigsaw Puzzle

Brand: Cobble Hill Puzzle Company

Title: Great Horned Owl

Artist: Simon Bolyn

Pieces: 1000

Size: 26.626″ x 19.25″
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Review
Overall Experience: Great

Cut Quality: Great

Board Quality: Firm

Shape Cut: Random

Image Quality: Superb

Hardest Area: Greenery

Puzzle Dust? minimal

Finish Quality: Smooth matte

Box Quality: Great-solid

Sealed Pieces Inside Box: Yes

Was this purchased new? no

Price: Picked for review

Recommend Level: High

Time: 12 hours

Assembly
I did my usual sorting routine.

Sorting to locate all the outside border pieces, while….
Placing the pieces into the ‘general-color’ piles.
Then I carried on with a second round of sorting (similar colors sorted by shades/patterns) while placing the pieces flat out on the poster boards.
I’ve added another step to my sorting…when I am doing the very first sort I am laying out all the edge pieces rather than leaving them in a pile as shown in this image on the top right side.

The border was a tad tricky and I thought this is likely an indication of testy this jigsaw puzzles for adults could be however the placement of the green colors according to the box was most helpful. I think the box and poster look quite nice in the image to the right here…..

I started with the 2 owls as the baby Owl’s eyes were outstanding pieces. I built on that. The brown on the Mama Owl were pretty clear, then I dug out the soft feathery white on the baby bird was pretty distinctive. Of course the yellow fern was a give-away section.

Once I completed the work in progress as shown above I felt the rest of the image was going to be daunting. I just dug in with shades of green…once I got as far as I could go with green, I changed to dark brown, then light beige, then whites, then back to dark green, then beige rocks. I moved along at a steady pace and with the use of the shapes I felt the challenge was not as bad as first anticipated. That said, I have just come off of doing 2 – 2000 piece puzzles so maybe the 1000 piece seemed easier???? LOL!!!

You would think there is not much to share in the closeup photos but as you will see below these close ups are excellent and need to be seen to be appreciated. The quality of this image is an image of nature at her best.

Comments
It was also brought to my attention by my connection at Cobble Hill Puzzles the following little rescue story which I am always grateful to hear a ‘happy’ ending :)

The matte finish is awesome on these puzzles as there is very little glare. The random cut and quality of Cobble Hill jigsaw puzzles is top rate! Simon Bolyn is a photographer in Quebec, Canada. Take a look at his Gallery for some stunning images – that does not even come close to describing his photos.

Once a year I like to take on a puzzle that really brings on a challenge and its been a while since I have done a nature scene. I am really proud of this one even though it took 12 hours. It sure is a ‘gem’ to be desired – there are a lot puzzlers who love Owl puzzle!

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Hummingbird Party Jigsaw Puzzle

Brand: Cobble Hill Puzzle Company

Title: Hummingbird Party

Artist: Rosiland Solomon

Pieces: 500 piece puzzles

Size: 26.626″ x 19.25″

Review
Overall Experience: Great

Cut Quality: Great

Board Quality: Firm

Shape Cut: Random

Image Quality: Superb

Hardest Area: Bird in upper left area

Puzzle Dust? None

Finish Quality: Smooth matte

Box Quality: Great

Sealed Pieces Inside Box: Yes

Was this purchased new? no

Price: Picked for review

Recommend Level: High

Time: 4.5 hours

Assembly
I did my usual sorting routine.

Sorting to locate all the outside border pieces, while….
Placing the pieces into the ‘general-color’ piles.
Then I carried on with a second round of sorting (similar colors sorted by shades/patterns) while placing the pieces flat out on the poster boards.
For some reason I totally forgot to take a photos of the pieces laid out but I did do it.

I did the border done quickly and easily then I started in on the birds….the lines acting as dividers in the image were a little on the tricky side but once I established the 3 main ones the other one was easy enough.

Once I finished the birds as best I could I assembled the greens and the flowers. It seems like the pink flowers at the upper left was the most trickiest of areas to complete but not enough to dull the fun of puzzling.

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Comments
The matte finish is always nice on these puzzles. As is the cut and quality of Cobble Hill jigsaw puzzles.

You can see in the close up photos below, the pieces do fit perfectly smooth together which compliment the extremely colorful and delightful image painted by Rosiland Solomon titled Hummingbird Magic jigsaw puzzle.

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Avian Friends Jigsaw Puzzle

Galison Avian Friends 1000 Piece Puzzle – Finished Puzzle Measures 20” x 27” and Features 20 Fine Art Bird Illustrations

Brand: Galison

Title: Avian Friends Jigsaw Puzzle

Artist: Geninne D Zlatkis

Pieces: 1000

Size: 20 x 27″

Review
Overall Experience: Perfect

Cut Quality: Perfect

Board Quality: Firm

Shape Cut: Gridlike

Image Quality: Superb

Hardest Area: no areas

Puzzle Dust? none

Finish Quality: Smooth, no glare

Box Quality: Good and solid

Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes

Was this purchased new? no

Price: Picked for review

Recommend Level: High

Time: 8 hours

Assembly
I did my usual sorting routine.

Sorting to locate all the outside border pieces, while….
Placing the pieces into the ‘general-color’ piles.
Then I carried on with a second round of sorting (similar colors sorted by shades/patterns) while placing the pieces flat out on the poster boards.

The border went together fairly quickly. There is a nice poster included with this puzzle which is an added bonus!

First I did the purple bird, then yellow birds, then green birds, then red and/or black birds, leaving the browns and greys to the last.

That left the colored pastel backgrounds which went pretty quickly too.

Comments…
The artist for the Avian Friends jigsaw puzzles for adults is Geninne D Zlatkis. She lives in Mexico with her husband and 2 children. To see more of her artwork CLICK HERE

The finish is very nice on these Galison jigsaw puzzles and the piece quality has a nice feel and is very good. It comes with a poster, the pieces are bagged in thicker plastic than most puzzle bags and the box is solid, plus pretty.

This type of puzzle image, known as a collage, went quite quickly, just under 8 hours. It may be surprising but this is the VERY first time I have completed a 1000 piece puzzle from start to finish (in between my daily duties) in one day!

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