Artifact Puzzles - Varangian Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle

$ 25.00


This 72 piece wooden puzzle features Varangians - the Nordic river pirate cousins of the Vikings. The painting is by Nicholas Roerich and was painted in 1901. The 72 pieces include a number of river-themed whimsy pieces designed by Seattle artist Tara Flannery (click on the small image below the big image above to see example puzzle pieces). This puzzle has a straight edge and is easier than average. All our puzzles are laser-cut 1/4" thick wood, and made in USA. Packaged in a small box with a magnetic clasp.

  • 72 pieces
  • 6" x 8.25"
  • laser cut wooden jigsaw puzzle
  • Made in USA

Manufacturer recommended age: 15 years and up

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Name: EstherLee
Review: this puzzle is very loose-fitting so that when you a piece to the partly assembled puzzle, the whole puzzle tends to come apart. its kind of a reverse Jenga. colors in the actual puzzle are dimmer than the ones in the illustration. That said, the puzzle is interesting with whimsiies and many other complex shapes. it was fun to work. it is, by necessity, a low rez reproduction.
Name: JoAnn Glatthaar
Review: Beautiful and Fun!
Name: erica
Review: Lovely playful puzzle great aspect of the end of the pieces with the colors, which adds a fun challenge!
Name: Sue
Review: I gave this puzzle to my grandson for his 7th birthday. I purchased a matching poster online and included that with the gift. Before sending it on its long journey to our boy, I assembled and disassembled the puzzle to make sure all was well and intact. WOW! All worries were unfounded. Good quality puzzle with a great design. All of the interesting pieces were in the neat blue box, and I had a blast putting this together! I love these puzzles!
Name: Melissa
Review: When I first ran across Artifact Puzzles online nearly five years ago (accidentally, I might add), I got this terrible itch to try one ... just one. I am not normally much of a puzzler and find 500 or 1,000 piece cardboard puzzles with the usual cookie cutter puzzle pieces incredibly boring. They hold no charms for me at all. But something about the idea of wooden pieces and interesting shapes drew me in ... just one try. So I thought best to start with something small - not break the bank, you know, if it didn't go well. So Varangian was it. My first one. The tactility of the pieces is wonderful and I love finding where the whimsy pieces fit in the picture. This is art within art. A beautiful picture plus the art of the cut. I absolutely LOVE these puzzles. So does my family - I have to keep an eye on my husband because he'll be drawn in to a partially-completed puzzle and start working away at it without me. Even the kids are drawn in as if by a magnet. So yes, Artifact puzzles are the "go to" now when my family is shopping for a birthday or Christmas gift for me and I am up to eight so far with a few more on the wish list. Another plus - these puzzles are so much more interesting than standards that they are fun to do again and again. And Varangian doesn't take too long and isn't too challenging (at least compared to other Artifact puzzles), so not a huge time commitment. Also fun to do with a friend. Thanks, Varangian, for being a wonderful first puzzle choice and getting me hooked!