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WHY OUR WATERJET MACHINE CUT PUZZLES ARE SO COOL. 

The Puzzled Co. upends puzzle design by using precision Waterjet technology to create puzzle art editions that are a cut above the rest in experience, fit, and artwork image quality. The cutting process has minimal environmental impact. Our uniquely shaped puzzle piece designs are precision cut with a pressurized stream of water as thin as a strand of hair daring puzzlers to match pieces with extremely subtle differences. 

Featured artworks are printed on PVC board allowing us to achieve museum-quality printing and durability (no flimsy cardboard or puzzle dust here!) Puzzles are available in varying levels of challenge ranging from kid-friendly to puzzle champ. 

THE STORY OF A TEACHER WHO STARTED A PUZZLE COMPANY IN 1977 AND HOW HE REVIVED IT DURING A PANDEMIC.

In 1977, Philip Einsohn created The Puzzled Co., a hand-cut wooden children's puzzle project inspired by the lack of learning-based puzzles available during his time as a post-grad kindergarten teacher. He was one of the first to design educational Braille puzzles for children and to package puzzles in a drawstring bag. Philip paused the project a few years later when life got busy building a family. 

In 1999, Philip started Waterjet Works, Inc. using Waterjet technology to precisely cut a variety of commercial interior design materials like carpet, VCT, metal, and stone. Installing a large-scale Waterjet cut project is pretty much like assembling a giant puzzle, just in the form of a hotel lobby floor, gymnasium school logo, or kitchen backsplash. 

Wouldn't you agree these are puzzling times?! Philip revived his passion project in fall 2020 as a creative way to expand Waterjet Works during the pandemic and to continue his work designing puzzles for his family and yours. 

He now collaborates on building The Puzzled Co. with his eldest daughter Gabriel, an expert in communications and product development for contemporary artists and museums. 

 Original 1977 Puzzled Co. education-based puzzle designs by Philip Einsohn, featuring Braille puzzles for children.