Time for a Puzzle Pause

Posted by Jasen Robillard on

If you haven't heard, jigsaw puzzles are the newest in a string of "essential" goods that have been depleted as people are looking to new and old ways of spending time while in isolation as a result of COVID-19. As is the case with other wooden puzzle makers, StumpCraft is in a sudden and unexpected state of high demand and low supply: as of today, StumpCraft's online cupboard is bare.

Understandably, I've been fielding emails and calls for the last few weeks asking when new stock will be added. The good news is that as a solo entrepreneur, I'm at a production scale that allows my one-and-only employee (me) to continue making puzzles. As such, I'm still cutting and boxing puzzles daily with a view of updating my inventory on Monday May 4. At that time, I will have all puzzles in stock for as long as demand doesn't outstrip my personal supply curve.

The other benefit of taking a pause on puzzle order fulfilment is that it gives me the chance to start work on new puzzles. My aim is to have a new puzzle released as close to May 4 as possible. Here's a sneak peek of the art, by Calgary artist Melissa McKinnon:

 Melissa McKinnon - Bursting Blooms

Thanks for you patience as we navigate these unprecedented times together. I wish you all well.

Stay awesome, stay healthy!


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  • Just finished Bursting Blooms, a birthday present from my children. Each Stumpcraft puzzle I do becomes my favorite. I particularly loved the colors and the vases of flowers that were puzzles within the puzzle. I enjoyed the round shape. Looking forward to many more.

    Dorothy Warren on
  • I am officially addicted! Continue adding new puzzles and you will have a continuous income stream from me!! Thank you so much for these!

    Nancy Wulff on
  • I have ordered 3 puzzles and I will be getting my 4th one. I enjoy a good challenging puzzles and a good time to spend time with my kids!! I hope there will be a new ones coming soon

    Dave Sobotka on
  • Finally taking the time to reply to your comments! Sorry for the delay. :)

    All puzzles are in perpetual production until further notice so if there’s a puzzle you’re hankering for but appears as “Sold Out”, it’s typically only a matter of days to weeks before it’ll be back in stock. The best thing to do is to sign up for the Back-in-Stock alerts for those puzzles you have an eye on. You’ll get an email notification as soon as I update the inventory.

    As for pre-orders, I haven’t yet implemented that although the Back-in-Stock functionality essentially works in that way. I may start using this functionality as a means of testing out the demand for brand new puzzles.

    Jasen Robillard on
  • A computer-driven saw? The most amazing, intriguing, damnably hard puzzles! Been sitting here all day with Summer Medly. Three pieces put together actually makes a butterfly that’s not even part of the puzzle picture. And that’s not the only animal. Astonishing work!! Thank you! Please save one for me tomorrow!!!

    Ellen Butterfield on
  • Hi! Just discovered you and your neat puzzles! is there any chance you’ll be making the dinosaur puzzle again? I would love to get it for my husband. Would you take an order for it? Thanks! Donna

    Donna on
  • Hi Jasen,
    We have 2 of your puzzles and love them. We are interested in purchasing Melissa McKinnon new release once it becomes available.
    Thank you
    Brian walman

    Brian Walman on
  • Love your puzzles! Just wondering if you are taking pre-orders?

    Ann Sorensen on

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