I’ve been wanting this image for a while now, but I’m thinking I should have waited to find it from a company whose quality I was familiar with. Terrible fit, horrible to work with, too shiny causing lots of glare – quite disappointing. 😦
Holdson Puzzles are made in New Zealand, and although I’d heard good things about the quality I found myself pretty let down by this puzzle. The finish was very shiny, the glare was hard to work around and the fit was awful – so loose that you couldn’t even pick up two pieces together. I work on a fabric covered board so it’s a little more difficult for the pieces to slide around, but these pieces managed it well enough somehow. On the positive side the chipboard was a good thickness and the image reproduction was very good.
I love the look of this vanilla bottle; not only is it cool looking, but it also shows the detail in the artwork and the quality of the reproduction.
The handwriting in the recipe below looks like my Grama’s, although I know it isn’t. I have noticed that many older people’s writing seems almost identical. Of course schools used to teach things like penmanship and cursive writing. Sigh. I’m old.
I try not to make a final decision about new brands until I’ve worked at least 2 or 3 of their puzzles. I’d work another Holdson puzzle if we found it in a thrift store, but I’m not going to go out of my way to buy one retail. If I find one second-hand perhaps it’ll be great quality. Who knows?
- Title: Vintage Baker
- Artist: Aimee Stewart
- Brand: Holdson Puzzles
- Piece count: 1000 pieces
- Size: Approx. 19 x 27 in. (49 x 69 cm)
- Purchased: New
- Board: Very good
- Cutting: Good
- Image: Very good
- Box: Average
- Fit: Poor
- Puzzle Dust: Moderate amount
- Piece cut: Grid cut
- Piece shapes: Good variety
- Finish: Very shiny finish, lays flat
Overall Rating: Fair, not recommended