This is an amazing 165 piece wooden jigsaw puzzle of an imaginary space scene by the artist-couple APAK titled "Islands of Life." The puzzle design by Tara Flannery echoes the painting with organic plant shaped pieces, space whimsy pieces, a few drop-out pieces, and a themed irregular edge. The difficulty is harder than average. Like all our puzzles, laser-cut from 1/4" thick wood. Packaged in our standard pine wood box. Made in USA.
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Name: Nick - T
Review: This was our first puzzle from artifact. The island of life is fun and whimsical. We purchased the puzzle not knowing it had an irregular edge or dropout pieces! Though we quickly realized this, it made the puzzle even more difficult at first. The organic shapes and edge mimicking parts of the wonderful APAK image made us marvel over the creativity of master puzzle designer Tara Flannery. The high quality of the puzzle and box, insures this piece will be passed on to the next generation.
Name: Claire R.
Review: This is one of those puzzles that's almost as much fun to do wood-side up as image-side up, thanks to the complex irregular border and wildly creative piece shapes. I love some of the subtler whimsies, like the multi-piece sun behind the ringed planet and the dog in her space helmet (though I admit thinking about Laika always makes me tear up a bit). There is a lot of black, but the cut is varied enough that I never felt stuck or frustrated by false fits. At this price and piece count, I'd call this a good starter puzzle for showing somewhat what wooden puzzles can do better than cardboard.
Review: This is the first puzzle I ever bought from Artifact and it is still one of my favorites. It is such a beautiful design with such cool pieces. I bought it for my mother and we had a blast doing it together! It was challenging enough and never frustrating. The quality was excellent and we were very happy with the experience. PS: I was losing access to the email account I originally used to purchase puzzles with so I reached out to them via email and they were very quick and helpful. The owner got back to me and had one of their support members change my account info super quick! Now I can still keep track of all my purchases :) I will definitely be a lifetime buyer (though I would have been regardless)! They are my favorite gift to give to my mom and we always do the puzzles together every holiday/vacation. I can't recommend them enough! I own several now!
Review: The wonderful image in combination with the thematically shaped edge and flowing type pieces makes this a work of art through and through. I just wish your puzzles were Ecru only – with fine, inconspicuous seams this would hang on my wall, like Bruce Riley’s Stem Cell.
Review: Difficult but fun! Wonderful whimsey pieces. I loved it...