Dissectologist - noun
A person who enjoys jigsaw puzzle assembly.
Likely from the eighteenth century name for the grandfather of jigsaws, ‘dissected maps.’ Maps were pasted onto wood and cut into small pieces that could then be reassembled. As a result, jigsaw puzzles were born. 250 years later, these “dissected maps” are an educational and entertainment tool for many, and a bit of a passion for others…
Puzzles not only provide a relaxing and simultaneously challenging experience, they can metaphorically remind people that life is full of stories and allow them to see the “pieces” come together as they work towards a goal. As one gets closer to that goal (fits more pieces together), it gets easier and faster to finish and see what is in front of them. Putting together puzzles also teaches a person about how they approach a challenge. It‘s a great way to feel a sense of accomplishment and completion. It can be hard to stop “puzzling.” Fitting the pieces together is very satisfying!
According to Shelly Luedke in “Delighting in being a ‘Dissectologist,’” those who assemble puzzles often experience benefits from doing so. “Dopamine, which affects memory, concentration, motivation, and stress levels, is released every time someone successfully puts pieces in place. Many offices have jigsaw and other puzzle games in their breakrooms because after working on these for a few minutes, employees come back feeling more refreshed…”
Why Our Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles?
Assembling wooden jigsaw puzzles is an experience unparalleled by any other. Unlike cardboard puzzles, wooden puzzles will not bend, tear, or fray, and are guaranteed to last for generations to come! Each box is like a little treasure guaranteed to intrigue and delight. Upon opening the box, one is first hit by the welcoming aroma of the wood, reminiscent of cozy winter nights around the fire. Their gaze then falls on the pieces, each a bright gem of color. As they assemble the puzzle piece by piece, their eyes wander over the shape of each piece: organic, natural-looking waves—each a unique, new delight—and a multitude of clever little object-shaped whimseys which set their imagination spinning as a story forms in their mind. They pick up a piece and hold it in their hand. It is delightfully heavy and sturdy. They slide it in beside another piece and it settles in with satisfying smoothness, interlocking tightly and securely, adding another sentence to the puzzle’s story.