Last fall I had the great pleasure of creating a puzzle design for Michael Bainbridge and Brigitte Gall, co-owners of the wonderful Ontario gem The Occurrence, manufacturers and sellers of “Punctilious jigsaw puzzles for art geeks and science nerds.”
Using many of my Great Lakes fishes illustrations, I put together a collage with puzzlers in mind. My parents are puzzle enthusiasts, so I was thinking of them. There are a lot of scales and not too many areas of plain background field, which makes for a challenging puzzle—though at 504 pieces, it’s not TOO challenging. (As Michael and Brigitte say on their product packing, “If 500 is good, 504 is better!”)
I have assembled one of Michael and Brigitte’s 504 piece puzzles, so I can say with confidence that their puzzles are of the highest quality. The pieces are sturdy and fit together nicely, and the print quality is excellent. If you’re looking for a good puzzle and also like to support small businesses, check out their selection of science-related and art-related designs, including my Fishes of the Great Lakes puzzle and puzzles by other Ontario artists. Happily for US-based customers, most of their products ship duty-free (I presume because they are wholly made in Canada).
If you do order the fish puzzle, note that The Occurrence provides a link where you can download a “map” of the art to identify the species of fish in the puzzle. The link is in the product description.