The puzzle template was copied onto a piece of paper, which was then attached to a piece of basswood with spray adhesive. Each piece was numbered.
A #3 scroll saw blade was used to cut around the outside of the pattern, and then each piece was carefully cutout.
Using a color wheel as a reference, each required color was mixed by combining different Transtint dye colors with denatured alcohol to produce the called for color. A bit of a experimentation was required on the part of our resident artist.
Two coats of the color mixtures were applied to each piece and allowed to dry. The alcohol allowed the dye to penetrate right through the grain to the other side of the piece and dried quickly.
Here’s the fish puzzle. Notice the smaller fish inside the larger one. A backer board allows the puzzle to be assembled in the traditional manner.
Here is the parrot. No backer board on this one! The puzzle is assembled standing up.