Jigsaw puzzles come in different sizes, shapes, colors and, of course, different materials. Materials are the greatest divide there is when it comes to jigsaw puzzles, an epic battle between wood and cardboard. If we take a closer look at the statistics, we will probably find out that the divide does not only have a technical nature, but also a sociological one, and that puzzle lovers can be divided among these same lines.
If we look at it from a historical perspective, wood is the older, more traditional material. If wooden puzzles are handmade, it becomes even more “traditional,” and the craftsmanship adds more value. Cardboard puzzles are modern, manufactured by thousands, designed and cut with the latest technologies. They are products of modernity.
From an ecological perspective, things change a little bit. Neither cardboard nor wood are truly eco-friendly, but there are jigsaw puzzles made out of recycled cardboard, and soy-based inks.
As far as the price is concerned, wood loses the race. It’s the more expensive material, but also the one where quality can take a much better shape.
Cardboard jigsaw puzzles, besides the attractive price, have some more appealing features. They require less storage space, can be framed and hanged on your wall, and there’s no real limit concerning the image displayed, the size or the number of pieces. For those who really like challenges and constructing puzzles frequently, these are the puzzles to get.
Wooden puzzles are more for traditional jigsaw puzzle lovers, and those who simply like puzzles for their beauty and the effort put into them by the designer, artist or puzzle maker.