Pieces Of Seasons
Since ancient times, we have been fascinated by the metamorphosis of our living world. Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter represent a journey close to the heart of humankind.
In the Pieces of Seasons collection, you will rebuild the ancient Solar Terms that make up our seasons.
The captivating tale of the Solar Terms is told through personified animals - each connected to a point in our seasonal calendar.
Discover the ancient stories behind each solar term and uncover hidden mysteries as you journey through this collection of 24 beautifully illustrated animals.
No two pieces are alike. On this puzzle adventure, you will unearth themed pieces that reflect seasonal elements and ancient traditions.
On this journey, you will travel to Ancient China in 100BC, where the 4 seasons were first broken down into 6 micro-seasons, called Solar Terms.
Formed through ancient observations of the sun's annual motion, the 24 solar terms mark seasonal transformations to our natural world.
Recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Solar Terms are an important symbol of traditional knowledge.
In these 65 piece puzzles, each season contains 6 puzzles themed after a significant time in the solar calendar.
Discover traditional knowledge that has been passed down through generations as you piece together this ancient story.
Your journey beings in Spring where you will witness the transformation of the climate from cold to warm. This time of year signifies hope as plants grow and animals emerge.
Next you will travel to Summer where the heat intensifies and the landscape flourishes.
Moving on through Autumn you will feel the cool, crisp weather as leaves begin to fall and both people and animals celebrate a glorious harvest.
Finish your journey in Winter, where you will find frosted elements as the land flurries and animals go into hibernation.
Each illustrated animal in the Pieces of Seasons collection is a personification of a solar term. Hidden within each animal are Chinese characters that symbolize the name of the solar term.
Crafted with a raised height, these characters are designed to create a tranquil floating effect, adding to the beauty of each puzzle.
Each Pieces of Seasons puzzle comes with a Discovery Booklet that will guide you on your journey through the solar terms.
You will learn about the themes of each puzzle, the ancient traditions of the solar terms and the artistic vision behind the beautiful illustrations.
Every Pieces of Seasons puzzle contains a hidden puzzle representing a seasonal element of the solar term. From frost hidden in a hibernating bear...
...to seasonal plants of spring in a lively fox, each puzzle is an invitation to unearth mysteries about our natural world.
Add depth to the hidden puzzles by flipping pieces over to reveal intricate laser cut etchings that become part of the puzzle artwork.
Reveal more hidden puzzles by combining pieces from each season to discover the Guardian of the Season.
The Four Guardians are mythological creatures that appear among the Chinese constellations. They are believed to be guardians of the four cardinal directions and are associated with good fortune and happiness.
The Yellow Dragon reigns over the Four Guardians representing the center of the cosmos and the changing of seasons.
Combine pieces from all twenty-four solar terms and bring the Yellow Dragon to life!
Our imaging is 1200 DPI (dots per inch), which is an incredible level of resolution. The human eye can only differentiate up to 400 DPI. This means we can create gorgeous, striking puzzles – perfect for display purposes and more faithful to the original vision of the artist. Most other puzzle manufacturers, including many leading puzzle brands, only print to 150-200 DPI.
We print directly onto the wood. Most puzzle makers print onto photo paper, apply the paper to the wood and cut the wood. This can cause frayed edges and distorted images from the heat transfer. We cut the pieces and print directly onto the wood, leaving a beautiful, high-resolution finish. This also means our puzzles are waterproof and resistant to humidity. Spilly puzzlers rejoice!
Our edge cutting method uses a special carbon dioxide laser. This means no chipped or scruffy edges, unlike puzzles made by traditional laser cutting methods. Our machine also uses a high-powered microscope to ensure maximum precision.
It actually takes us 900 times LONGER to make our puzzles than mainstream manufacturers, but we believe so strongly in the quality of our puzzles that we are not willing to sacrifice time for quality!
In every Pieces of Seasons box, we’ve included a free “picker pen” to help you pull out those tightly slotted pieces.