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A Doggone Puzzling Business

August 4, 2021

I’ve had some fun assignments over the years, but illustrating a jigsaw puzzle takes fun to a new level.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Especially when it’s a hand-cut wooden puzzle crafted by Dave Beffa-Negrini, owner of Fool’s Gold Puzzles.blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

blank vertical space, 32 pixels highNow at first glance you might be thinking: What’s so hard about that?? Just take out the pieces and put ’em back in again! Where’s the challenge?? Where’s the fun??blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Well, here’s the thing: See that little “FIDO” piece? The idea is to take all the pieces out, and then put ’em all back inside the triangle– including the “FIDO” piece.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Ahhh… not so easy!blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

And I’ll tell you this: not only can it be done, but you can do it without flipping any pieces over (i.e., using the blank side) and without turning any of the pieces upside-down.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Up for a challenge? You can order the puzzle here.blank vertical space, 16 pixels highblank vertical space, 32 pixels high

Tricky dog wooden jigsaw puzzle with pieces pulled out

blank vertical space, 32 pixels highblank vertical space, 16 pixels highHere’s a larger view of all the pieces.blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

individual pieces to tricky dog wooden jigsaw puzzle by Fool's Gold Puzzles

blank vertical space, 16 pixels highWho dreams these things up?blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Dave Beffa-Negrini has been making custom wooden jigsaw puzzles since 1997. Dave’s a state-juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and a past president of the Association for Games & Puzzles International.

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Dave Beffa owner Fool's Gold Puzzles cutting custom wooden jigsaw puzzle

blank vertical space, 32 pixels highSay “jigsaw puzzle,” and most of us think of cardboard pieces in a box. Dave’s puzzles are made of 1/4″ basswood. The puzzles are hand-cut, and each piece is carefully hand-oiled, waxed and polished.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

One cool feature of Dave’s puzzles: all the pieces lock together. Once assembled, you can hold up the puzzle
and it won’t fall apart.blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

You can send in your own photos or artwork and ask Dave to create an ultra-personal, truly unique, one-of-a-kind puzzle.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

You can further personalize your Fool’s Gold puzzle by asking Dave to include specially shaped pieces— what he calls “Foolish Figurals”: a heart, frog, starfish, your name, a sailboat, etc. Whatever might have a special meaning for you.blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Check out this 2-puzzle set commissioned as a wedding gift (click image for larger view).blank vertical space, 16 pixels highblank vertical space, 16 pixels highblank vertical space, 32 pixels highFool's Gold wedding wooden jigsaw puzzles with custom theme pieces

blank vertical space, 32 pixels highblank vertical space, 16 pixels highIn addition to creating all sorts of special occasion puzzles, Dave also creates puzzles for corporate clients. Here are some of his past creations (click image for larger view).blank vertical space, 16 pixels highblank vertical space, 16 pixels highblank vertical space, 32 pixels highFool's Gold custom wooden jigsaw puzzles for corporate clients L.L. Bean, CVS, GE, and others

blank vertical space, 32 pixels highblank vertical space, 16 pixels highIf you’re looking for a truly unique gift, get in touch with Dave. He’s fun, personable, a true craftsman, and very, very creative.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

This isn’t the first time I’ve written about Dave. You might also enjoy these posts about his love of games and how he once put me on the cover of a magazine.
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About Mark: I’m an illustrator specializing in humor, branding, social media, and content marketing. My images are different, like your brand needs to be.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

You can view my portfolio, and connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

blank vertical space, 16 pixels highQuestions? Send me an email.blank vertical space, 40 pixels highRecommendation testimonial for Mark Armstrong Illustration from Dave Beffa-Negrini owner Fool's Gold Custom Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles New Hampshire

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 4, 2021 1:05 PM

    Cool puzzle! Love the “poo bag”! LOL

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