Raven on Tree by William Flett
Artist: William Flett
Puzzle Designer: Jasen Robillard
Dimensions: 15.5 cm x 18 cm (irregular edge)
Piece Count: 65
Difficulty: 3 out of 5
William Flett lives on the ancestral and unceded homelands of the Hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking peoples, also known as Burnaby of Metro Vancouver in BC. A member of the Haida Nation, he identifies as an Artist, Volunteer, Queer Sexual Health Educator, and HIV Activist.
Animal crests, like the one featured in this puzzle, often convey aspects of traditional creation myths, and beliefs about the natural and the spiritual worlds.
"This image was created to help Indigenize one of the biggest holidays of the year, so native peoples can more fully participate in the holiday spirit in our own way, by retelling one of the most well known indigenous stories, 'How Raven Stole the Light'."
At the beginning of the story, trickster Raven sits atop an evergreen tree. There he comes up with the clever idea to disguise himself as a needle: this initial transformation leads to unlocking the gift of light (sun, moon and stars) being held by the Old Man in his many bentwood boxes.
'How Raven Stole the Light' is one of the most retold stories through oral history, and has many variations. William recommends sitting with any and all versions. Háw'aa from us and William for supporting indigenous artists.
Packaged in a circular tin. Perfect as a stocking stuffer, hospitality token of appreciation, or corporate gift.
Made in Canada.
Excellent small puzzle that challenges the person doing it. Have enjoyed it very much and have now done it 3 times
Outstanding Bite-Sized Challenge
This was my first StumpCraft puzzle and it certainly won't be my last: beyond the beautiful art, the pieces themselves are beautifully shaped and come together in really surprising ways. The mostly black-and-white art offered an extra layer of challenge, but the thoughtful design of the pieces (and the blessed inclusion of some green accents!) made it more approachable than it looks at first glance. For the record, it took me about an hour to complete as someone who isn't really a puzzlehead. The kerf for laser-cut wood is always going to be bigger than a die-cut puzzle, which means the final assembly is a bit more wobbly than a traditional jigsaw. That said, the looseness doesn't affect the clarity of the final assembled work, and a bit of wobbliness is very welcome when fitting together big chunks of the puzzle. The unique aroma of laser-cut wood is very present after opening the tin, but I've laser-cut wood before, so I know it'll dissipate relatively quickly. (Some people like the smell though, so maybe it's a positive!) Overall, I'm thrilled with the puzzle and looking forward to picking up a meatier one soon!
Raven on Tree
Was expecting something alittle bigger but was pleased with the fun of putting it together. Would like to see more from this artist.
Raven and Tree
Difficult and took about 2 hours. Patience and time are necessary.
Small but mighty
Don't let this mini puzzle fool you. It is small at 65 pieces but it's a tough one.