Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

40,000 pieces make jubilee jigsaw

Dave Evans starts working on what he expects to be the world's largest hand cut wooden jigsaw puzzle

A patient puzzle maker is hoping for a piece of history by making the world's largest hand cut wooden jigsaw puzzle.

Dave Evans is honouring the Diamond Jubilee as he aims to enter the Guinness World Record by creating the 40,000-piece puzzle.

The 63-year-old has estimated it will take him 200 hours to individually cut the pieces.

The theme is to celebrate the 60 years the Queen has reigned and, once complete, will be put on display in the ballroom at the Queen's Sandringham Palace Estate.

It will sit proudly alongside some of the 100,000 cards that were sent to her to commemorate the jubilee.

Mr Evans, of Weymouth, Dorset, said: "I wanted to leave a legacy of my work and what better way than to make a giant jigsaw, featuring images of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

"I was completely overwhelmed when I learnt that it was going to be displayed at Sandringham, but I will definitely give a big cheer when the last piece is cut."

The interlocking puzzle will be made of 33, A2 size pictures and will measure about 20ft by eight feet and will take three weeks to complete.

Mr Evans told the Queen that he will make a 1,000 piece miniature version for her personal use and in reply he was told not to put an image of the completed puzzle on the box, as is traditional, because Her Majesty does not like to know the picture until it is finished.

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