A while back I did a puzzle swap through the mail- which is really only worth the cost if you send/receive two or more puzzles. This was my second pick out of the other puzzler’s stash, I thought it would be one I’d do once, then swap on again. But now I want to hold onto it.
It’s one of the vintage Springboks- a puzzle company that was my favorite as a teen. Nowadays I see people complain about Springbok quality on the swapping sites, but it seems that’s just for the newer puzzles. This one, in spite of having been through several hands before- the box and a few pieces are a bit scuffed- was excellently made and I really enjoy all the odd shapes. There’s plenty ordinary ones too (bottom left of pic) but most are unusual. Putting it together was fairly steady going at first. I completed the fish and reddish parts without much trouble. But when I got to all the blue-green of the anemone tentacles, it really slowed me down. I love that kind of challenge.