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SXM Jigsaw Puzzle #274937
02/06/2022 08:12 PM
02/06/2022 08:12 PM
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Portland, OR
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Those of you who are on Facebook with me know that I love doing jigsaw puzzles. I finished this one last night, and the following is what I posted on Facebook about it.

This is a folk-art painting of the Caribbean island of St. Maarten (Dutch side). I have wanted this puzzle ever since I became aware of its existence a couple of years ago, but it has been out of print. During Dowdle’s recent Puzzle Day sale, I was thrilled to learn it was back in stock. I travel to Sint Maarten a couple of times a year for several weeks each, and it was great fun piecing together landmarks I know so well: the cruise port; Great Bay Beach; the Sea Palace; the courthouse; the Catholic church; Hard Rock Café; the obligatory Diamonds International, ever present in most Caribbean cruise ports; the short runway off in the distance; the Sonesta Maho; Divi, where I have my timeshare; the Fort. Even though this is not a geographically correct rendering, it was just plain fun. It would be great if there were a similar puzzle of the French side, but I am not holding my breath for that.

The only thing I didn’t like about this puzzle was the backing on the pieces, which was a very soft gray that shed like crazy. I had to use my handy miniature vacuum constantly during puzzle assembly to suck up the shedding. All my other Dowdles have gray backing, but it isn’t the soft, shedding type. I hope this is a one-off.

After graduating from high school, Eric Dowdle was introduced to the art of Charles Wysocki, and he began gravitating to Folk Art, which Wikipedia says “reflects the cultural life of a community and encompasses the expressive culture associated with the fields of folklore and cultural heritage.” He started Dowdle Folk Art in the 1990s and in 1997 had some of his original paintings made into puzzles. The rest is marketing history as his company has sold more than ten million puzzles.

“St. Maarten” by Eric Dowdle
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500 pieces

Attached Files St. Maarten.jpg

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Re: SXM Jigsaw Puzzle [Re: jazzgal] #274938
02/06/2022 08:34 PM
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That’s pretty cool. Do you frame them or put back in the box?

Re: SXM Jigsaw Puzzle [Re: TravelHat] #274940
02/06/2022 09:08 PM
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Portland, OR
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Back in the box to do again....which has yet to happen as I have over 70 that I still need to do for the first time.


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Re: SXM Jigsaw Puzzle [Re: jazzgal] #274941
02/06/2022 09:34 PM
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Auburn, WA
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Nice. Puzzles keep the brain working and alert.

Re: SXM Jigsaw Puzzle [Re: jazzgal] #274968
02/07/2022 10:19 AM
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Pretty cool. Thanks for posting!


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Re: SXM Jigsaw Puzzle [Re: jazzgal] #274981
02/07/2022 12:36 PM
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Very nice!

We did quite a few during the last couple of years.
Hard on the back though--lol

Re: SXM Jigsaw Puzzle [Re: The_Lurker] #274983
02/07/2022 12:44 PM
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Auburn, WA
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When covid first hit and we were pretty much confined to home we did about 6 puzzles. Quite statisfying when that last piece goes in.

Re: SXM Jigsaw Puzzle [Re: jazzgal] #274986
02/07/2022 01:39 PM
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We enjoy doing puzzles as well. Am curious as to what puzzle manufacturers you prefer. Most of ours are from White Mountain primarily because we like the size of the pieces and they seem to go together easily (1000 pieces).

Re: SXM Jigsaw Puzzle [Re: CaribLee] #274993
02/07/2022 03:46 PM
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I have learned about so many via a Facebook puzzling forum I joined. There are lots I enjoy, but a few of them are: Pomegranate (located here in my home town), New York Puzzle Company, eeBoo, Dowdle, Cloudberries, Laurence King, Modern Puzzles, just to name a few. This SXM puzzle came in only 500 pieces, but I prefer 1,000 pieces.


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Re: SXM Jigsaw Puzzle [Re: jazzgal] #275000
02/07/2022 04:50 PM
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Now see, I learn something new every day. I did not know that there was a forum devoted to puzzles. I guess there is a forum for everything.


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Re: SXM Jigsaw Puzzle [Re: Carol_Hill] #275015
02/08/2022 04:01 AM
02/08/2022 04:01 AM
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Portland, OR
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There truly are many. I belong to three.


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Re: SXM Jigsaw Puzzle [Re: jazzgal] #275022
02/08/2022 09:36 AM
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Thanks for the info. I will check out some of those you have provided.

Re: SXM Jigsaw Puzzle [Re: jazzgal] #275466
02/14/2022 05:25 PM
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Linda, another beautiful puzzle completed by you. I enjoy all the puzzles that you showcase on FB. smile

Re: SXM Jigsaw Puzzle [Re: RM5 LI] #275488
02/14/2022 10:01 PM
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Thanks, Mary.


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Re: SXM Jigsaw Puzzle [Re: jazzgal] #285470
06/30/2022 06:24 AM
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Wow, what a gorgeous picture you’ve chosen! When I saw it for the 1st time, I thought it had 1000 pc. Great work, jazzgal! What other works do you have?

Re: SXM Jigsaw Puzzle [Re: jazzgal] #285478
06/30/2022 09:07 AM
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Wow that's great -- love that it captures so many places! Thanks for sharing --hope you are continuing to feel better.


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