Craftsman Farms Whimsy Puzzle

The Museum shop is now featuring a beautifully detailed wooden puzzle inspired by the Yoshiko Yamamoto block print of the Log House. The puzzle is exclusively produced for the Stickley Museum by Liberty Puzzles and features dozens of whimsy pieces. Don’t know what that is? Neither did we!

As it turns out, whimsy pieces, also known as figural pieces, are cut into the outline shape of a recognizable subject, such as a person or an animal. The intricacy and broad array of subject matter of these whimsies add a distinct element of charm to the overall puzzle experience.

No one knows exactly when whimsy pieces started to appear in jigsaw puzzles, although it was most likely sometime in the late 19th century. By the late 1920s figural pieces were common among numerous puzzle makers. With the advent and widespread distribution of die-cut, cardboard jigsaw puzzles, whimsy pieces became less and less common. With the exception of hand-cut jigsaw puzzles, today it is hard to find puzzles with whimsy pieces.

We’ve heard from our visitors that these whimsies make our new puzzle irresistible. Visitors have been spending time in the shop bent over the table where the puzzle is spread out—not just trying their hand at the puzzle, but shouting out, “Oh look at the piece shaped like a bird” or “The cut out of the little girl even shows her anklets.” or “Look how many flower cutouts I’ve found!”

What do you think? Have you tried the puzzle? How would you rate its quality? Is it as addictive as our visitors say?

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7 Responses to Craftsman Farms Whimsy Puzzle

  1. Stickleyfan says:

    I ordered this puzzle last week, and we’re about halfway through it. The pieces are so intricately cut and beautiful – we can’t get enough of it!

    We’ve had a blast putting it together so far, and I’ll be sad when we finish, but that will mean I get to look at the stunning scene that will be created.

    I’ve already decided that at least 4 people in my family will be getting one this Christmas!

  2. Meg says:

    Yeah, it was definitely more fun that a typical puzzle, some of the pieces were so beautiful by themselves!

  3. Martin Kim says:

    Fascinating history about whimsys! NIce image to execute one from too.

  4. Visitor says:

    I saw this puzzle when we visited a couple of weeks ago, I LOVE it!! I didn’t want to go on the tour when it left because I was obsessed with working on the puzzle. Needless to say, we bought one and I’m half way through it at home. Friends and family who have stopped by love it as well. I suspect I’ll be picking up some more as gifts.

    It’s such a beautiful picture of the house. Well done!

  5. Mark Weaver says:

    Glad to hear everyone is enjoying the puzzle. The image by Yoshiko Yamamoto is really terrific, and illustrates the magic of Craftsman Farms beautifully. If you haven’t purchased a print of Yoshiko’s artwork, please consider it for your collection. They are available through our shop.

  6. Julie Graham says:

    Is Yoshiko Yamamoto’s Whimsy Puzzle still available for sale there? I would love to purchase one. Thanks!

    Julie Graham

    • admin says:

      Our Centennial Whimsy puzzle is currently available in our museum shop and online. And be sure to check out our other Museum Exclusives!

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