22nd February 2016

Euximoor Fen Surprise Maximus


NOW SOLD OUT (11 December 2015)

Ringing “dissectologists” – yes, this is a real word invented in England! – will be pleased to know that Stella Bianco has organised another challenging wooden jigsaw puzzle to be made by Wentworths in aid of the CCCBR Bell Restoration Fund.

The provenance of the painting by Jill Jackson appeared in an article by Bill Jackson published in The Ringing World on 19 May 1995 on page 519 and will be included with each puzzle despatched. Euximoor is one of the methods in the Fens alphabet of peals of surprise maximus on handbells. The alphabet took three years, needing 97 attempts to achieve 49 peals in 28 methods – a great achievement.

The Wentworth Wooden Jigsaw Company creates jigsaws for those who do the picture first and the edge at the end. It can take less time than a peal to complete, if you want to that is. There are about 250 pieces measuring 250mm x 360mm (10″ x 14″) when complete, so it is unlikely to clutter your dining room table for long, although you might want to frame it when it is finished.

Wentworth has the ‘cutting edge’ in the jigsaw market place and uses lasers to make the intricate shapes. There are pieces with straight edges inside the puzzle and sixteen special ones known as ‘whimsies’ to add to the fun. “Whimsies” were so-called because Victorian puzzles cutters included such shapes ‘on a whim’ and Wentworths have revived this tradition.

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