by Nato Craft February 08, 2021 5 min read

Table of contents

1. Introduction
2. Father of jigsaw puzzles
3. Jigsaw puzzles
4. Booming demand
5. Jigsaw puzzles nowadays
6. Spotlight in the lockdown period


Finishing a jigsaw puzzle is an ideal method to mitigate pressure, keep your hands occupied, and fabricate something excellent. These detailed games are comprised of hundreds and even huge number of special interlocking pieces and are accessible in a heap of shape and trouble levels. Artists and creative organizations are constantly investigating the limits of jigsaws, developing capricious, yet delightful, takes on the well established action—like a round 1,000 piece portrayal of the Moon or a reversible 500-piece diagram of the Guggenheim Museum.

Despite the fact that puzzles are regularly viewed as a recreation movement, its beginnings are established in educating of geography. Right below, let’s investigate the history of jigsaw puzzles to perceive how it has become a famous hobby for kids and grown-ups.



The primary business wooden jigsaw puzzles were created around 1760 by British cartographer and engraver John Spilsbury. He attached an European map onto hardwood and utilized a marquetry saw to cut along the national borders. These models were classified “dissected maps,” and were utilized as instructive apparatuses to educate geography for youngsters.

Seeing that the first puzzles were generally welcomed, Spilsbury started a business and manufactured puzzles under eight topographical topics: the World, Europe, Asia, Africa, America, England and Wales, Ireland, and Scotland.

Spilsbury proceeded with his work until he passed in 1769. During his business period, a few makers made note of his achievement and proceeded with creation.

The Dissected Maps were used widely as educational tools for rich families — getting on with King George III and the British Royal family. Hardwoods, for example, mahogany, proceeded as the structure material.

While these early puzzles set up the act of adding tabs and spaces, only some pieces interlocked. To reduce time, most makers just added them to line pieces to build up the edge. Inside pieces were cut along easier, curved lines. The wood utilized was generally Mahogany or Cedar.



The Second Industrial Revolution of the 19th and 20th centuries significantly improved the puzzle making measure. Incredible steps were made in many producing techniques and three of these impacted jigsaws:

1.Treadle operated jigsaws were invented.

2.Techniques were developed to produce THIN sheets of wood.

3.Printing improved in leaps and bounds.

These innovative advances empowered jigsaws to be made that were significantly more complicated, sturdy and beautiful. Grown-ups got keen on doing jigsaws and this prodded the producers to enlarge the scope of subjects accessible and to make them more hard to do. It became clear that beautiful, complex jigsaws held an interest for some individuals.

In the last part of the 1800's a German furniture seller named Raphael Tuck and his two children created 4 vital methods for jigsaw improvement into the following century:

1.Their subjects included many diverse and beautiful themes (wildlife jigsaw puzzles, wooden animal jigsaw puzzle, etc.)  

2.Cutting was made more complex and included 'Whimsies' - singular pieces cut into conspicuous shapes like creatures and domestic items.

3.Plywood and thick card began to be utilized rather than costly hardwood.

4.Attractive boxes (that unexpectedly incorporated a picture of the whole puzzle) were presented.

Those with an interest in history may jump at the chance to realize that Raphael Tuck was likewise instrumental in the advancement of different ventures - he is credited with the main business creation of Christmas cards and furthermore the first picture postcards. He set up printing foundations in London, Paris and New York and in 1893 he got the Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria for printing the Queen's letter to the country on the passing of the Duke of Clarence.



The notions of Raphael Tuck and his family were welcomed in America and by 1908 an out and out fever was in progress there. Moreover in England, the rich accepted jigsaws to the degree that they turned into the distraction among the wealthy.

The First World War (1914 - 1918)  diminished activities for a while however the things before got again shortly. At the point when the Great Depression hit America in 1929, utilization of wooden jigsaw puzzles declined. Nonetheless, because of a development in the assembling cycle, puzzle ubiquity expanded. By 1929 the Americans were purchasing 2,000,000 jigsaws per week and each self-regarding English supper or casual get-together requested a jigsaw or two!

To satisfy the thriving need, and to save money on expenses, ambitious jigsaw puzzle makers like Chad Valley and G.H. Haytor (Victory puzzles) built up the procedure of 'Stack cutting'. This required up to 8 jigsaws laid on top of one another, secured together and all cut all the while. In any case, cutting jigsaws was as yet take much time and thusly costly.

The Tuck family kept on exploring different production methods for the duration of their lives and it is they who did most to guarantee the prevalence of jigsaw puzzles.

In the 1920's an American enterprise built up a method for die cutting cardboard jigsaws that diminished production expenses to a small part of the expense of cutting by hand. Waddingtons purchased this technique in 1933 and this brought jigsaw puzzles to widespread popularity. Presently puzzles containing up to 1,000 complicatedly cut pieces turned out to be promptly accessible at a value that everybody could manage. Nonetheless, it took until the 1950's for production methods to be improved to the degree that cardboard puzzles could be great in quality. The procedure for cutting these puzzles has not changed considerably since.

The jigsaw could be finished, disarranged again, and afterward passed through families or local area. Above all, they were economical. So economical that a few enterprises used them as gifts or utilized them as marketing images, as buyers would concentrate on these pictures for quite a long time.

Different companies investigated more imaginative concepts of fantasies, strongholds, boats, and nature. By the 1900s, cardboard jigsaw puzzles were the prevailing item, and wooden jigsaw puzzle turned into a more uncommon, premium, manufactured by fewer enterprises.



The standard cardboard puzzle has kept its prevalence and stayed a piece of our way of life for over a hundred years. Nonetheless, imaginative enterprises have consistently discovered better approaches to charm customers.

Most producers stick the ideal picture onto the sheet of cardboard, which is then taken into a machine that makes the interlocking shapes by pushing down with exact, steel sharp blades. Different companies utilize further developed innovation, for example, lasers to make profoundly one of a kind pieces. The strength of laser cutting also can easily solve the question of strong materials, for example, hardwood or acrylic.

Because of this, exceptional and peculiar puzzles are arising which investigate the particular boundaries of this activity.

Nowadays, 3D square puzzles offer the capacity to make numerous challenges utilizing similar pieces. Different puzzles give an alternate sort of challenge, utilizing pieces that can be joined to make a wide range of examples.

At NatoCraft, we are continually looking for new tendency, artwork, and new advancements including printing, die cutting and exceptional puzzle materials. Check out our present wooden jigsaw puzzles and have fun time!



Jigsaw puzzles just had a resurgence in 2020 because of the Covid-19. The worldwide pandemic, which left the world in lockdown, offered approach to additional at-home exercises like addressing the unassuming jigsaw puzzle. With this developing interest in the deep rooted leisure activity, architects started getting innovative with such puzzles people could sort out and hang as decoration.

Furthermore, the record for world's biggest puzzle seems to break at fast progression. Let's get now one wooden jigsaw puzzle and break your old record!

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