Recently, we purchased some fun puzzles second-hand from an enthusiastic puzzle maker. I was curious about puzzle manufacturers, and visited a couple websites to find out what I could about our puzzles.
Since 2005, Cobble Hill Puzzle Company has been focused on providing puzzles to toy markets in Canada and the USA. Their site, http://www.cobblehillpuzzles.com/ describes the quality of their puzzles. “After each image is picked, we take care to use the finest inks and varnishes creating a desirably crisp image. The random-cut pieces are precision engineered to ensure a sturdy, interlocking fit, which lends to its museum quality standard. Built to last, our puzzles are made from premium grade blue board and even the box has a beautiful linen finish.” The library purchased Waiting for the Train (Cobble Hill Puzzles).
Did you know that puzzle manufacturers need to meet health and safety standards set forth by the U.S. and other countries? Ceaco, a puzzle company that’s been around since 1987 provides brief safety reports for their individual puzzles at their website http://www.ceaco.com! Ceaco’s mission is “To create high quality, innovative and challenging jigsaw puzzles and to provide hours of family fun.” They also pride themselves in maintaining relationships with the many artists that create the wonderful illustrations, photos and paintings for their puzzles. 100s of artists contribute their works so that you and I can enjoy these tabletop treasures. Ceaco’s site features 35 artists with photos and a brief bio for each. We’ve purchased Bee Hive by Artist Peter Church (2013).