Adult Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles

Written by Charles Peacock
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Everyone has a favorite pastime: that one thing that you'd love to do if you had a couple of hours and no other obligations. For many people, there is no better way to fill an afternoon than by putting together a jigsaw puzzle. We've all played with puzzles when we were kids, but for many people puzzling has continued to be a hobby even into adulthood.

Adult Jigsaw Puzzles: Raising the Bar

If the only puzzles you've ever put together were the ones intended for children, you'd probably be surprised to learn just how complex jigsaw puzzles can actually be. The largest puzzles out there can actually contain tens of thousands of pieces, and may even be wider than you are tall.

The easiest way to increase the difficulty level on a puzzle is to find one with a lot of pieces. However, puzzle aficionados have learned there are other much more intriguing and challenging ways to increase the "tease factor" and make the experience more satisfying. If you are looking for a good puzzle to match your skills (and your passion), you may want to look into handcrafted, wooden puzzles. They often include intricacies such as edge pieces with no straight edge, bisected corners and straight-sided pieces in the middle of the jigsaw. Often a 250 piece jigsaw with these included can offer more of a challenge than a standard 1,000 piece jigsaw.

Wooden puzzles have a lot of other advantages: they're nicer to look at, they have a better feel, they're sturdier and they're far more collectable. In addition, the best specialty puzzle makers include "whimsies" in their wooden puzzles. These are pieces that are cut into a special recognizable shape that usually reflects the overall theme of the puzzle. Whimsies not only make the puzzle more unique, they can also make it more difficult!

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