Imaginatorium Shop, version 2
Welcome to the new Imaginatorium site at
imaginatorium.com. There is no "total reorganisation", so you should be able to find things easily, and eventually any bookmarks to the old shop will be redirected to the right page. The new checkout is working, which means that in simple cases you will be able to complete a purchase in the normal way.
Covid-19: Shop status
There are still many problems in the postal system, varying hugely from one country to another. More details on the front page, and at the checkout there will be more specific information about the destination country (sorry: not implemented for all countries yet!).
Jigsaw puzzles from Japan
Contents Page - Shop Index and External Links
This is a guide to all pages in the Shop - use the links at the bottom of the page to explore other parts of the Imaginatorium.
- Blog - My sporadic comments on this and that
- Top ten - Our best-seller list
- Last chance! - Only one left of each of these puzzles...
- Special orders - When you can't find the puzzle you want, please use this page to ask
- Missing! - When you have the puzzle, but can't find a piece
- Artists - Complete list of artists whose work features on our puzzles
- The Attic - Complete list of puzzles no longer available
- UK "handling charges" - A bit of a rant about Post Office charges relating to VAT
These are my recommendations, but of course I cannot make any guarantees about the contents of other sites.
Sonia and Andrew Reynolds' site for collectors: Comprehensive worldwide list - puzzle manufacturers names and addresses
Jack-in-the-Box Puzzles: Scott Stafford's handcrafted made-to-order wooden jigsaw puzzles. This site includes some interesting background material on puzzle cutting.
MGC's Custom Made Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles & Fine Art Gallery: Mark Cappitella makes hand-crafted wooden puzzles for adults and children with 4 to 2,500+ pieces, using personal enlarged photographs, fine art prints, logos and digital images. Each jigsaw puzzle is custom made to order and completely personalized for Weddings, Birthdays, Corporate Events, Anniversary and Holiday gifts. The history page is particularly interesting - Mark thought he had invented wooden puzzles!
PuzzleHouse.com - "Upscale, high quality, hard to find jigsaw puzzles." Located in New Hampshire, USA, this established company offers a pretty good range, particularly of European manufacturers. (No Japanese puzzles though!)
J. C. Ayer & Company Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles - "J.C. Ayer and Company sells heirloom-quality, wooden jigsaw puzzles
featuring fine art reproductions and custom-made puzzles." ([dead link: http://ayerpuzzles.com/] Website disappeared in 2021; but here is an interview on Youtube.)
Another company producing custom wooden puzzles in Massachusetts. Insteand of being hand-cut like most such puzzles, these are made with Jim Ayer's own design of water-jet cutting machine, which allows him to offer batch production as well.
Custom Puzzle Craft - John Stokes: "Custom wooden jigsaw puzzles cut with an artist's eye".
At oldpuzzles.com Bob Armstrong restores and sells wooden puzzles from the early twentieth century, while at newpuzzles.com his son Conrad Armstrong makes new ones. Also: a brief history of jigsaw puzzles by Anne D. Williams.
Jeannette Aragon in California makes handcrafted wooden puzzles and toys.
Platinum Puzzles craft wooden puzzles in Canaan, New Hampshire.
(August 2021: removed a number of dead links — this list of links goes back a long way!)