Brand Overview: Cobble Hill
Cobble Hill was founded in 2005 with the goal of “bringing quality puzzles with a loving, whimsical, nostalgic feel to jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts around the world.” They offer a good variety of categories and piece sizes include 2000 piece, 1000 piece, 500 piece, 400 piece Family Puzzle (with large and small pieces), 275 piece Easy Handling, and kids puzzles under 100 pieces. They are located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Check out our overview of the best in Cobble Hill puzzles!
COBBLE HILL WEEK & PROMOTION:
From Oct 5 to Oct 19th, Puzzle Warehouse is running a special promotion with Cobble Hill. If you buy 3 Cobble Hill puzzles, you can add another to your basket and get it for free! That’s an awesome deal. Just add three qualifying products to your cart and visit the “View Cart” page. Under “You have qualified for the following promotion” you’ll see how to add the freebie. Visit Puzzle Warehouse’s Cobble Hill page to begin.
In honor of this lovely deal, we’re featuring Cobble Hill on the blog this week. I’ll be reviewing two Cobble Hill puzzles and have a company retrospective on the weekend. See all our Cobble Hill posts here.
COBBLE HILL HISTORY
Cobble Hill was founded in 2005 with the goal of “bringing quality puzzles with a loving, whimsical, nostalgic feel to jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts around the world.” They offer a good variety of categories and piece sizes include 2000 piece, 1000 piece, 500 piece, 400 piece Family Puzzle (with large and small pieces), 275 piece Easy Handling, and kids puzzles under 100 pieces. They are located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
COBBLE HILL QUALITY
You can see our full brand comparison on Cobble Hill here. I work with a lot of jigsaw puzzle brands, and I’ve always found Cobble Hill a consistently high-quality brand that I enjoy assembling. The features that stand out to me about Cobble Hill are their thick, sturdy pieces, linen finish (which feels nice in your hands and reduces glare), and interesting piece cut. The image below is from “Boucat” (1000 pieces). If you click on the image for a closer view you can really see the linen finish.
They also have very attractive rectangular boxes. The boxes have a consistent brand design but change up the background color. This makes for a nice collection display on the shelf. (Click for a larger view)
PIECE CUT & SiZE
The piece cut and size vary from puzzle to puzzle. The 275 and 500 piece puzzles have larger pieces while the 1000 and 2000 piecers have normal sized pieces. The cut is also a little different in each puzzle, but it’s never a grid cut, it’s always more fanciful. Above you can see the cut for “Boucat” (1000 pieces). Below is the more random cut from “Nancy Drew” (1000 pieces), “Rosemary’s Birds” (2000 pieces), and “Ring-Necked Pheasants” (500 pieces).
COBBLE HILL CURRENT LINE
Cobble Hill carries a variety of subject matters but excels in a few of them including birds, collage, and fantasy. Below are their main categories along with my top picks in each one. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE to go to the puzzle’s page at Puzzle Warehouse.
*** BIRDS & WILDLIFE ***
Bird puzzles are one of Cobble Hill’s strongest categories. While many brands do bird images, Cobble Hill’s stand out as special and they’re usually at the top of my ‘can’t resist’ list of Cobble Hill’s offering. They’re just too good to miss. They also carry other wildlife images like deer, moose, squirrels, and general nature scenes. Below are some of my favorites.
“Birds of the Forest” by Jerry Gadamus, 1000 pieces
This puzzle is a stunning example of why Cobble Hill’s bird puzzles are a cut above. The colors are vibrant and the focus is on the birds with a simple rustic background and elegant composition.
“Saw-Whet Owl and Wild Grapes” by Robert Bateman, 500 pieces
This is a much softer design than many puzzle with its muted colors and simplicity, but sometimes less is more. This image always grabs me whenever I scroll past it and at 500 pieces the subtler colors won’t create too difficult a challenge.
“Rosemary’s Birds” by Rosemary Millettte, 2000 pieces
I reviewed this puzzle a few months ago and wow, did I love it! I love the art style, the bright colors, and the format of the puzzle with all the vignettes around a larger backgrounds image. It’s one of my favorites of the year.
CHECK OUT MY REVIEW HERE
“Summer Bouquet” by Rosemary Millettte, 275 pieces
If you prefer a smaller piece count, there’s a 275 piece version of the central part of this image.
“Koi Pond” by Larry Taugher, 1000 pieces
This was my favorite of the new releases last year. It’s a gorgeous image that looks fun to puzzle with all the similarly colored green lily pads and white and pink flowers throughout the image.
Fantasy is an underrepresented category, in my opinion. Schmidt continues to produce new fantasy puzzles and occassionally Ravensburger or Educa offers one. Cobble Hill has introduced new fantasy puzzles every year and they’re excellent quality ones too.
“Midnight Messenger” and “Solstice Gathering” by Anne Stokes, 1000 pieces each
These lovely fantasy images by Anne Stokes will offer the puzzler a challenge with their monochromatic color schemes, but they look so worth it!
“Dragon Forge” by Matthew Stewart, 1000 pieces
There aren’t many high fantasy puzzles and this is a gorgeous one with all those icy blue tones. Pretty challenging to assemble too.
CHECK OUT MY REVIEW HERE
“Indulgences” by Aimee Stewart, 1000 pieces
Aimee Stewart puzzles tend to be rich in color and detail and this one is no exception. I love the three-panel format, which gives you essentially three smaller puzzles to assemble with plenty of pattern and detail in each one. And taking the higher-level view, it’s simply a very pretty fantasy puzzle.
*** COLLAGE ***
Another category where Cobble Hill really excels is collages. They have unique collage puzzles you won’t see anywhere else–bright and colorful and packed with fun details. Here are some of my favorites.
“Father’s Day Ties”, 500 pieces
This one looks super fun, super easy, and is a perfect puzzle to gift the man in your life.
“Garden Party” 1000 pieces, “Strawberry Tea”, 500 pieces
These pretty and summery food collage puzzles are offered in two sizes — 1000 and 500 pieces. Yum!
“Nancy Drew” and “Hardy Boys”, 1000 pieces each
Two of my favorite collage puzzles from Cobble Hill are these Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys book cover collages. They’re so nostalgic, awesomely retro, and fun to assemble too.
CHECK OUT MY NANCY DREW REVIEW
“Chocoholic”, 1000 pieces
You can never have too much chocolate. This puzzle looks deliciously challenging with all that dark brown and the solid pink background.
“Vintage Art Supplies”, 2000 pieces
If you like larger puzzles, this is an outstanding one with so much amazing retro detail.
*** CHRISTMAS ***
I’m a fool for Christmas puzzles and Cobble Hill has some nice entries in the market.
“Father Christmas” by Scott Gustafson, 1000 pieces
Wow, what a rich, detailed image! This is a gorgeous fantasy puzzle that is a bit different in tone from the standard green-red-holly Christmas puzzles.
“Santa’s Hobby” by Tom Newsom, 1000 pieces
Cobble Hill offers quite a few Tom Newsom Santa puzzles, each with a slightly different theme and all showing Santa in everyday circumstances. They’re available in all sizes. This 1000 piecer is my favorite due to the colors of the background.
“Holiday Candy” , 500 pieces
This looks like a really fun and challenging puzzle — a good one to put together with a family group over the holidays.