Custom Puzzle Craft
Maker of Fine Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles and Sculptures
Erected October 30, 2003 - Dismantled January 26, 2005 - Destroyed October 22, 2007
All pictures taken by me on October 29th, 2007, one week after the fire.
Ruins of Bob Archer's home
Bob barely had time to escape, the speed of the firestorm was incredible
Ruins of Bob Archer's garage
The Puzzle Tree's puzzle pieces were store here
Everything flammable in the garage was totally incinerated
Even the grass was totally burnt from the ground, by the intense fire heat, leaving sandy dirt
The sand was blown in from nearby hills. The firestorm had winds greater than hurricane force.
The remains of Bob's "deathmobile" used to transport the Puzzle Tree branches after the dismantlement
Glass windows melted
The wooden spear tips on the Puzzle Tree's scorched metal branches survived. The aluminum ladder was warped and no longer unfolded.
The Puzzle Tree branches were leaning against the now collapsed garage on the side away from the fire wind.
Smoke in San Diego, the day before
Smoke from the fires - October 22, 2007
The puzzle tree was stored in the intense smoky area of The Witch Creek Fire about 1/2" above the "S" in "San Diego"
Remains of Jean Cornwell's home
There are no plans to recreate the Puzzle Tree.
© John S. Stokes III - Puzzle Crafter & Webmaster