This post is sponsored by Puzzle Warehouse.
I chose Mandala Fruit Tree to review, and I wasn’t disappointed – it’s just beautiful! I also enjoyed learning about mandalas from the information of the back of the box. I had no idea they were spiritual and used for meditation, or that they are a mystical symbol seen by many as the doorway to the soul.
The artist, Paul Heussenstamm, believes that soul patterns are manifested in mandalas, and his works often contain them. All of that makes this image even more striking and interesting for me. Click the link above to see all of this artist’s puzzles currently available at Puzzle Warehouse. (They even carry a couple of Peaceful Wooden Puzzles of his work! Click to see my post on my wooden puzzles with a review of Peaceful Wooden Puzzles)
Pomegranate is one of my favorite brands. The pieces are wonderfully thick and the finish feels almost soft in your hands. The fit is tight, but not too much; you won’t have to use your upper body strength to put them into place. 😉 Their catalog of puzzles is mostly fine art, and the image and color reproduction is superb. I don’t normally comment on puzzle boxes, but even the boxes of Pomegranate puzzles feel amazing – you know you’re holding a premium puzzle in your hands when you’re holding a Pomegranate.
This puzzle was more of a challenge than I anticipated, but I was up for the task. Once I assembled the edge and the plain blue background I had to come up with a strategy for the tree itself. I decided to separate the pieces by shape and work by piece shape first and then color/pattern. It worked wonderfully and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire assembly. Mandala Fruit Tree was even better than I thought it would be, I highly recommend it! 👍
- Title: Mandala Fruit Tree
- Artist: Paul Heussenstamm
- Brand: Pomegranate
- Piece count: 500 pieces
- Size: Approx. 24 x 18 in. (61 x 46 cm)
- Purchased: n/a
- Board: Excellent
- Cutting: Excellent
- Image: Excellent
- Box: Excellent, short bio of artist on back
- Fit: Very good
- Puzzle Dust: Moderate amount
- Piece cut: Grid cut
- Piece shapes: Good variety
- Finish: Matte finish, lays flat
Overall Rating: Excellent, highly recommended