Jigsaw puzzles go back to the 1760’s when European mapmakers pasted maps onto wood and cut them into small pieces. John Spilsbury, an engraver and mapmaker, is credited with inventing the first jigsaw puzzle in 1767. The dissected map has been a successful educational toy ever since. American children still learn geography by playing with puzzle maps of the United States.
There are two types of jigsaw puzzles. Wooden and paperboard puzzles. Wooden jigsaws are more costly but last longer and have a higher quality feel to them. Where as the paperboard versions are much lighter and cheaper, yet much less durable as the pieces wear out rather quickly.
Alot has changed since jigsaw puzzles were first invented. They’re no longer exclusively for the wealthy and upper class thanks to mass production. One of the most interesting changes would be the whimsy’s and other custom shaped pieces. You can see an example to your left which shows a lighthouse tower custom whimsy puzzle piece.
To make your own jigsaw puzzles, the easiest way would be to get a blank white one that’s pre-cut. We have several kits available in a multitude of piece counts and sizes. You simply draw and color your blank puzzle and when your finished, break the puzzle down and enjoy the challenge of re assembling it again and again!
Some of the available kits we carry also include colored pencils and everything you need to complete your work of art.
To create jigsaw puzzles from scratch requires a bit more effort. If your creating a wooden puzzle, first you must print your chosen image with special sticker paper. When you have your image, glue it to the appropriate sized wooden board. When the glue dries, you can begin cutting it into the shapes and piece count of your choice. The most popular way to cut puzzles is with a jigsaw cutter or band saw.
You can use a handle held cutter but these can be more dangerous and harder to maneuver while making your cuts. The stand up band saws are much easier to use and make precision cuts. These machines can be very dangerous and safety precautions should always be in place.
Always wear gloves and safety glasses and ensure that if your tools feature safety devices that they are correctly installed and working properly. When cutting is complete, your jigsaw puzzle is ready for all to enjoy! Happy Puzzling!!!!!!!!!!