Market Test Reveals Public Perception of Puzzles

This past weekend, I spent my time at Gallery Bistro demonstrating how I make my 3D jigsaw puzzles. It was a fun and rewarding experience for me and I learned a lot about how the public viewed my puzzles and pricing.

18-Piece Puzzles

3x3x2 (18-Piece) Puzzles

Almost everybody was interested in what I was doing and creating. I showed them the scroll saw blade that I use and explained how I make a 3D puzzle. Although they appreciated what I was doing, most of them were too intimidated by the 18-piece puzzles to attempt to even take one apart. A few people did successfully solve a puzzle and they, interestingly, did not seem inclined to purchase a puzzle. Those who did were buying them as gifts for puzzle-lovers on their list.

This test of making and selling puzzles gave me the confidence to move forward with them. I intend to market them more aggressively next year.

Get Personal with Insanity

I will be making and selling my wooden 3D jigsaw puzzles at Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke Street, Port Moody) Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15 from 10am-3pm.

Sometimes I describe my work as that which is so insane nobody in their right mind would attempt it. My wooden 3D jigsaw puzzles are examples of that.

My latest offering is a small puzzle comprised of 18 pieces. They are simple enough to not be too intimidating, yet complex enough to keep someone engaged. The neat thing about these puzzles is that the difficulty can be increased by combining the unassembled pieces of multiple puzzles in the same jumble.


Gallery Bistro is a great place for breakfast (how about the classic eggs benny?), lunch (my latest favourite is the shrimp and avocado sandwich!), or a drink to warm your belly (chai tea, anyone?). It is also a vital part of the community. They display the work of local artists and allow groups such as Inlet Artists and the organizing team of Kaboom! The Port Moody Art Explosion (all of which I am a member), to hold meetings there.

18-Piece Puzzles

Five 18-Piece Puzzles


Is This Abuse of Art?

I was really happy and excited when I completed my latest piece of artwork, Art Frame, and hung it on the wall. I felt that the beautiful frame around the plain white, textured paper would create intrigue and discussion. I was confident that it would quickly become the most talked-about piece of art in our house.

Art Frame1

Then, my mother had the idea of putting an orchid plant in front of it.

Art Frame2

At first, I was devastated. I was crushed. She had taken my artwork of which I was so proud and rendered it normal. My artistic work was made almost unnoticeable as art. Everything that I had hoped to achieve was practically ruined.

Ruined, or Reinvented?

This unexpected use of my clever piece of art revealed another use. It provided a frame for a 3D object which emphasized its colour and shape. It enhanced the orchid and said, “Hey, this is important!”

Art Frame3

Although I didn’t like the idea at first, I quickly warmed to it. Art Frame had found another, more practical purpose.

As somebody whose signature building technique is to let things evolve, I have trouble making a stand against this unanticipated use.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments section at the end of this article.

Art Frame is available for purchase.  Learn more on the product page.