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?