Bearsville

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Bearsville by Roger Nannini – Ceaco – 300 pieces

This was a quick, fun puzzle that I put together one afternoon when I needed a puzzle fix in between larger piece count puzzles. It’s part of Ceaco’s Home Sweet Home series by artist Roger Nannini. I found I enjoyed the artwork very much!

Ceaco puzzles aren’t my favorite brand, but to be honest my opinion of them has gone up quite a bit after working with a brand that was much, much worse. Of the 25 puzzles I have assembled this month from 14 different brands, the Ceaco puzzles have been the best fitting of all of them. Shocked? Me too!

It’s interesting to me how a much lesser quality puzzle boosted my impression of Ceaco. Perhaps it just caused me to re-assess what I would and would not put up with in a puzzle. The fit is amazingly important to me – too loose is extremely annoying and frustrating. Too tight is the same way; if it takes upper body strength to smash the pieces together I always second guess if the pieces actually fit together (and it hurts my thumb!)

The pieces are on the thin side, with a good variety of piece shapes – made from multi-layered board that tends to split easily – but the fit is excellent. The image reproduction is good, with beautiful colors and crisp lines. This puzzle has been assembled many times, there is documentation on the side indicating each time it was put together. From what I’m reading it’s been put together at least 11 times before me. You can see in the picture above that many of the pieces were either split or bent and the finished puzzle didn’t lie flat. I don’t feel I can comment negatively on the quality of this specific puzzle if it’s been assembled so many times; I have no idea what it was like when it was new. That said, I actually think it’s held up well.

I enjoyed this puzzle very much, the artwork was interesting and made for a great afternoon of puzzling. I suppose I have more puzzles to choose from now that I’ve re-thought my stance on Ceaco. 😏

 

5 thoughts on “Bearsville

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    I really enjoy visiting your blog and reading your daily posts but there’s so many details in this puzzle that I wish you would share more photos so I could see some close-up sections of this darling puzzle.

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    1. You’re right, I should do a few close-ups for each puzzle; the parts I specifically enjoyed or ones that are interesting or difficult. The ones I have in queue now are already disassembled, but I’ll try to take at least a couple of close-ups of each puzzle from now on. Thanks for your feedback!

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  2. I have a question for you regarding puzzle fit. I’ve only worked a couple of wood puzzles and both of them fit very loosely. Right now I’m working a puzzle that has a very clean cut, with no pieces still sticking together in the box, and absolutely no damage to the pieces. I have always considered that the ideal. Wood puzzles, of course, share these qualities…cleanly cut pieces being the cause of the rest I’ve described. So my theory now is that the cleaner the cut, the looser the fit. And, irritating as a loose fit is, I’m wondering if I can have both (clean cut and tighter fit) in the same puzzle. What do you think?

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    1. I don’t know for sure. Pomegranate has a relatively tight fit and a great cut, but I’m honestly not certain; you could be right.

      Wooden puzzles have a loose fit, but I don’t find it as annoying because the craftsmanship of the puzzle is beyond excellent. If the pieces are thin and flimsy AND loose fitting I cannot tolerate it.

      I guess it all comes down to I know what works best for me and what I will and won’t deal with. It’s different for everyone.

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