This is a 287 piece puzzle of "Layers of Afternoon" by Erin Hanson. This is a split tendril connector puzzle and is kind-of hard: many pieces have almost but not quite exactly the same shape, so be prepared to pay careful attention to their cut and the art to solve this. The puzzle design is by Ashley Boyd and includes a modest number of active whimsies. Overall, we think this is "kind-of hard" but not "really hard."
Like all our puzzles, laser-cut from 1/4" thick wood. Packaged in our standard pine wood box. Made in USA (specifically, in Fremont, California).
11" by 16"
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Review: Update on the lower part of the puzzle: so meditative to arrange the blades of grass by color, and follow their movement. What was first perceived as a big puddle of primary colors starts to take form, you become the breeze or the hand of the painter. What an experience!
Review: "Split tendril connector puzzle": quite intimidating (sounds like a move for a black belt judoka), and yes it is. It may take a while to get used to the way the pieces fit together. Think M.C. Escher. There are five 2-piece whimsies that make you feel glorious (they are assembled within seconds, aha, it's a break from the hard work, and cute!). The pieces are of good size, which helps (smaller will make it harder). Not unlike sudoku games, there is a moment where everything falls into place (just before you wanted to quit or reach for a hammer), and you experiment a Marie Kondo state of mind when she masterfully folds shirts in one move. When finished, you have in front of you a splendid landscape, well deserved after so much effort. The quality of the print is such that you can mistake some indentations created by the brushstrokes as if they are happening on the surface of the pieces of the puzzle itself. The color palette in the upper part is absolutely delightful and the irregular edges make the image even more precious. After such a beautiful puzzle, my dilemma is to choose between taking a hike, painting, or reaching for another split tendril connector puzzle.
Review: I think this is my favorite wooden jigsaw so far. The picture is lovely - and, because of the matte finish, nice to look at when the puzzle is done - and the fit is really close and satisfying. I'd never done a split tendril puzzle before but I am a fan now! Loved this puzzle.
Name: Stephanie T.
Review: This puzzle is very similar to the Crystal Grove puzzle (which is one of my all time favorites) but the individual pieces are much bigger. Regardless, if you do one you will immediately feel the similarity when you start doing the other. Like the other Erin Hanson puzzles, the transformation from wild mess of color when you start to a beautiful painted landscape at the end is a magical reward for completing the puzzle. The most remarkable / unique part about this puzzle to me were the multi-part whimsies. I've seen this in other puzzles but they are like fun little mini-puzzle surprises when you realize that what you thought was a weird hunchback man turns out to be a hiker. (This will make more sense when you do the puzzle yourself)
Review: This was my first puzzle with split tendril connectors, and it took my brain a while to figure out how to fit the pieces together! About 2-3 hours in, it finally clicked and I really started to have fun. I’d recommend doing this with bright light because you have to make sure the brushstrokes and other subtle details match up with each piece placement. Great puzzle, can’t wait to do another split tendril!