Conch Pearl Puzzles
We are offering more of the crafts for which Abaco is so well known. One of the items that we are including is hand made jigsaw puzzles of local themes. The puzzles are cut from baltic birch plywood on a scroll saw using the finest possible blades so that they fit together very closely. At the present all the scenes are from Abaco and include the Hope Town Light House, Pete's Pub at Little Harbour, a hungry local wood pecker, and underwater scenes of crawfish and a beautiful sea fan. Underwater scenes are thanks to the photographic skills of Kay Politano of Above and Below Abaco, an outstanding scuba and snorkeling adventure program. Although the picture is the same each puzzle is different and can have different number of pieces. The largest we make at the moment is 17 x 11 inches. The number of pieces also vary and it is possible to make a 17 x 11 from 250 to over 500 hand cut pieces. The more pieces the smaller the size of each indiviual piece and the more difficult that a picture will be necessary. If you are a purest you do not have to look at it. Within some puzzles are hidden tiny "figurals" or fish, birds, and whimsical objects. The price is $1.00 per piece which includes a handmade keepsake box.
We also have a line of hand made children's puzzles. These are designed for three to seven year olds and help hand eye co-ordination and learning the letters of the alphabet, numbers 1 - 9, and the colours of the rainbow. We have three different fish puzzles; one nine pieces, the second ten pieces and the third has nine fish in a row. The smallest has one piece and the largest nine pieces. The others are 2,3,4,5,6,7,and 8 pieces for a total of forty five. There is also a pony and a butterfly with twenty six pieces each. Our final puzzle is a turtle designed for a slightly older age group as it has forty two pieces. All the puzzles are hand cut from baltic birch plywood, they are hand painted with the colours of the rainbow in lead free paint and they come in a hand made hand painted box. The box itself is a work of art. There is a picture of the actual puzzle on the inside of the lid to help young people solve the puzzle and the puzzles (other than the turtles) have either the letters of the alphabet on them or the numbers 1 - 9.