Custom Puzzle Craft
Featuring Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles Made by John Stokes of Custom Puzzle Craft
The 100 Puzzles Project was idea I came up with in the year 2000 to promote my puzzle business. The mission was simple:
Make and Auction 100 puzzles at the rate of One Puzzle a Month Until 100 Puzzles Are Made and Auctioned
I wrote at the time:
The 100 Puzzles Project
I start selling puzzles on a monthly basis in April 2000 and when I reached the sixth puzzle I came up with the idea of doing the monthly project for 100 Puzzles, thus the 100 Puzzles Project was born!
Finally in July 2010 I reached puzzle 100!
I also had an Auction Policy about the use of images within the project and subsequent pricing. I wrote:
|Every 100 Puzzles Project jigsaw puzzle auctioned by Custom Puzzle Craft is a first time puzzle. This means a Custom Puzzle Craft puzzle with the same picture was never made for sale by Custom Puzzle Craft prior to the one being auctioned.
Puzzles with a picture used in a 100 Puzzles Project puzzle may be subsequently made and offered for sale on this website, trade shows or anyplace Custom Puzzle Craft conducts business - and always - for a higher price than sold via auction, regardless the number of pieces, for a puzzle in the same or larger size.
Policy does not apply to Art Objects.
Little did I know how huge the project was going to be by the time it was over. As I reached the final 10 or so puzzles, I became driven to make some of them incredibly elaborate and was rewarded with substantial bidding.
I will document the whole set of 100 puzzles here. In the meantime you can view the full list at Gallery Puzzle Log with puzzles belonging to the 100 Puzzle Project appropriately numbered in the "100 PP" column.
After the Project was over, I started an "Annual Auction Puzzle" project, one puzzle a year for as long as I'm able or interested. The Annual Auction Puzzle list may be seen at Annual Auction.
100 Puzzle Project Calendar
Months marked with green are month during which the 100 Puzzle Project auctions were initiated
At the end of 2005, 49 were done and 19 months had been skipped, some months due to a shoulder injury. Starting in 2006, I greatly increased my focus on moving the project along. In the last year, 2010, several months were skipped due to the time required to cut some of the really big / complex puzzles.
100 Puzzle Project Artists
100 Puzzle Project Artists
In the early days I mostly made puzzles featuring artists Michael Seewald and K. Chin. 19 Puzzles featured Michael Seewald photographs with 12 of them in the first half of the project and 7 in the second half, the decline caused by Michael discontinuing his photo calendar after 2005. 34 Puzzles featured K. Chin prints / paintings with 19 in the first half and 15 in the second half. Works featuring photographs or designs of my making or Famous Artists became far more common in the second half with 10 in the first half and 21 in the second half, none in the first 10 and all 8 of the last 8. Local arts were featured in the early going with 7 in the first 30 and none in the last 30.
© John S. Stokes III - Puzzle Crafter & Webmaster