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Artifact Puzzles - Aaron Wolf Cathedral of the Tides Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle

Artifact Puzzles - Aaron Wolf Cathedral of the Tides Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle

$ 85.00

This is a delightful 360-piece wooden jigsaw puzzle of "Cathedral of the Changing Tides" by Aaron Wolf. With an Escher-esque puzzle design by Jef Bambas, the art and puzzle come together for a divine experience, with many themed whimsies and a decorative edge.  Be warned you may find this a really hard puzzle! Like all our puzzles, made with 1/4" thick wood and the pieces are laser-cut. Packaged in our standard pine wood box. Made in the USA (specifically, in Fremont, California).

11.25" by 15.25"

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Name: Carol Brouillet
Review: What I love about Artifact Puzzles is the unique cuts and whimsy pieces, the surprises that each puzzle holds, the discoveries! Cathedral of the Changing Tides was my birthday gift. Thirty six years before, a very special birthday gift arrived in the form of my third child, Daniel, who remarked when I opened the box and started sorting the pieces, “turtles!” Indeed, there were a lot of turtlish shaped pieces, which really made me wonder how on Earth they connected… Other whimsies included birds, a stork, fish, gargoyles… Gargoyles? Oh yeah, a cathedral needs a gargoyle or two. However, I don’t want to utterly spoil this for those who decide to go for it and discover this puzzle for themselves. Suffice it to say that it is unique, fun, challenging, with some interesting surprises. I didn’t time my efforts, but I suspect it took me a good 5 or 6 hours to put the whole thing together, but it will probably take me less time the next time that I do it. Of course, I didn’t look at the image, because I prefer to be challenged. I definitely found it to be fun, but more difficult than usual, because of the tricky shapes, and less obvious color differences. Also, you do have to be careful, because it is possible to do it wrong. Some pieces do fit together, even though they are the wrong ones, so you have to be sure the color lines match exactly. I wouldn’t advise this to be a first time Artifact puzzle choice. However, seasoned puzzlers, who collect them and love them, will definitely enjoy this one! It is also a beautiful image, with lovely colors!
Name: Joyce Gunn
Review: I LOVE this puzzle! This just may be the most interesting cut I have experienced, including the creative whimsies. It requires patience and attention to detail. However, when completed you will be rewarded with a beautiful puzzle. Completing this puzzle was like when I am reading a good book and slow down my reading to make it last and savor the ending -- I found myself slowing down the assembling of this puzzle and enjoying the discovery of the place for each piece.
Name: Bing
Review: This puzzle was so fun to play with! It is definitely on the harder side, with the tricky connector design and the painting itself. However, the art and cathedral themed whimsical pieces made it such a relaxing and delightful experience. We loved it! We are not religious at all but appreciate the beauty of it more from this puzzle.
Name: Michele
Review: What a beautiful puzzle! I loved working it. At first I thought it was going to be easy but then I got into the water lilies and got slowed down to a very slow crawl. Loved all the turtles, the partial Escher design, and working the decorative edge was one of my favorite things about the puzzle. I highly recommend it. To me the religious whimsies were just part of the puzzle theme and design. I did not read anything into them - just worked the beautiful puzzle with out letting my thinking turn it against me.
Name: Sean
Review: [Spoiler warning about whimsies; don’t read if you’re certain you want to be surprised] Be warned that the whimsies in this puzzle are very heavy on Christian religious symbolism — which is not at all apparent from the listing or even the photo of the whimsies, which shows only the couple woodland animals, not the huge cross (placed very prominently), multiple figures kneeling in prayer, a lamb, even the fish symbol you usually see on bumper stickers. It quickly became clear even the doves, a book (a bible I guess!), and goblet were meant as religious symbols. For some folks I’m sure that’s fine, even a plus — for me personally it ruined the experience and marred this beautiful artwork. I’ve been so delighted by every puzzle I’ve purchased from Artifact, it came as an unpleasant shock to realize this one was very different. (Yes I suppose the name should have clued me in — but I honestly thought it was referring to a celebration of nature)