Puzzle 669 - Imperial Beach Pier

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Puzzle 669 - Imperial Beach Pier
Limited edition of ONE

Puzzle 669 - Figural set and Signature Piece

This puzzle and puzzle #667 were from a series of pictures I took on December 21, 2005 when the surf was up due to a distant Pacific storm.

As it happened (from my Journal archives)

May 25, 2006

Thursday 11:52 am - This month's puzzle is delayed, but I continue to plan to have an auction this month. Yesterday I prepared the board and this morning I finalized the image and printed it. Unfortunately the mount went bad, some wrinkles appeared in the print that could not be pressed flat, not clear what went wrong. So I have to start over.

May 26, 2006

Friday 11:50 pm - Yesterday afternoon I prepared a new board for #669, the May 100 Puzzles Project puzzle, Imperial Beach Pier, and printed the image. This morning I successfully mounted it. This afternoon and evening spent a lot of time at La Jolla. Took lots of pictures. I may get to some puzzle cutting tomorrow afternoon, looks like the auction will start very near the end of the month, again.

May 29, 2006

Monday 7:46 pm - Finally started cutting #669, the May 100 Puzzles Project puzzle, Imperial Beach Pier...... then went to a Memorial Day barbecue..... then back to puzzle cutting. I did the initial cutting and about 1/3 of the puzzle. Cutting going well. Looks like the May auction will launch on May 31, as some dance activity will interfere with tomorrow's cutting.

In mid June I will be traveling to New Orleans to visit relatives. I "owe" a niece a child's jigsaw puzzle and have decided to cut one and bring it with me. Haven't decided on the image or cutting style. Will have somewhere around 30-50 pieces. Thus the backlog increases by one to six.

The Puzzle Tree continues to remain at Mixed Media, dissembled, weathering. I'm thinking now that a lot of space between Mixed Media and the road is available due to the trees being cut down, that perhaps The Puzzle Tree can be resurrected and placed there. Depends on the landlord's intentions and interest by others, as the job will be somewhat of an effort.

May 30, 2006

Tuesday 10:05 pm - Very long day: puzzle cutting, dance stuff, puzzle cutting, dance stuff. I nearly finished the puzzle before time ran out: about 365 pieces total out of the projected 400. Cutting continues to go well. I plan to finish the puzzle in the morning, take pictures and then launch the auction in the afternoon.

May 31, 2006

Wednesday 4:25 pm - Puzzle #669 done, and auction launched. I'll update the Home page and the Auction page later today, as I'm late for a class.

From the auction description:

This puzzle features a photograph I took of the Pacific Ocean surf at Imperial Beach, CA driven by a distant storm on December 21, 2005. This is the second of two puzzles made from a series of photographs taken on this date. The first one was auctioned last month and featured a picture taken from up on the Imperial Beach Pier while this puzzle features a picture of the pier itself. Note the size of the big wave striking the pier compared to the size of the people standing on the pier. Normally the waves are much smaller.

This puzzle is cut in my Swirl Curl style and includes my standard signature piece (signed, dated and numbered on the back) and a second piece (The Observer figural) marked on the back indicating the puzzle belongs to the 100 Puzzles Project. There is no color line cutting in this puzzle and the edges interlock. The puzzle has a nice panoramic looked to it being 22" wide by 9.9" high. The Swirl Curl cutting style looks pretty in the sky area.

This puzzle has 401 pieces. Note: I cut my jigsaw puzzles using a scroll saw, hand guiding the wood into the blade, this is not a laser or water jet cut puzzle.

Imperial Beach Pier
Photo by John S. Stokes III
Date Completed
May 31, 2006
22" x 9.9"
Cutting Style
# Pieces
Color Line Cutting
Mermaid, Observer, Dolphin, Shark, Pellie the Pelican, Solar Star

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