All Types Of Dinosaur Puzzles
Paleo Pets is the creative name given to my original wooden puzzles of various prehistoric animals. Some of them now are not puzzles (see below). Some are not dinosaurs. And certainly I haven't made puzzles of ALL types of dinosaurs!
Above is the Wooly Mammoth, a famous pre-elephant fossil of N. America. For us no animal more symbolizes the prehistoric north. Fittingly, the state fossil of Alaska is the Wooly Mammoth. They had a shaggy outer coat of hair that was 20" long that came in many shades of dark brown, pale ginger or blond hair as well as gray.
It was also the first of the Paleo Pet puzzles. The pattern was chosen by Scroll Saw Work Shop magazine (now called ScrollSaw Woodworking & Crafts) to be published in their 2003 Holiday issue.
The puzzles can be easily dismounted to be taken apart and reassembled. Simply stand a piece of cardboard behind the figure, lay it down on the edge of a table, and slide the legs from the mounting pegs. Remounting is conveniently accomplished by reversing the procedure. All the dinosaur puzzles seen here can be handled the same way, including the tray puzzles.
Or by writing to: Bob Betting, 5 S. Allison St., Lakewood, CO 80226
The patterns are sent accompanied by generalized scrolling instructions and a biography of that animal at no extra charge.
The price for any pattern is $9.00, including the biography.
It (they) will be sent when your check clears.
There is no charge for shipping or handling. I'm also ready to work with you to create a puzzle or intarsia of your favorite animal, extinct or not.
Paleo Pets puzzles are done in 2 different ways. Upright, mounted on a base, cut from a 3/4" or 4/4 slab of wood as shown above. Or in the following manner, in a tray:
These, in turn, have 2 methods of presentation. This Quetzalcoatlus was cut from ¼" Finland birch (a superior production of Baltic birch plywood), and mounted in a frame of 1/8" ply. Oil stains were used to give contrasting colors.
Sixty five million years ago (mya) Quetzalcoatlus was the largest flying animal ever to have evolved. It had a wingspan of 40' to 50', longer than the wings on an F-16 fighter. The remains are now the state fossil of Texas.
Other puzzles are cut from 1/8" Finland birch. Because the puzzle pieces are then the same thickness as the top frame layer, the first piece is difficult to remove. Therefore a hole is cut in the back of the frame so a finger pokes the first piece out. Shown below in the Archaeopteryx [ark-ee-OP-ter-iks], the first known bird, which descended from a theropod dinosaur.
The puzzle pieces are shown partially non-assembled to demonstrate that, as puzzles, they aren't as difficult as they appear. Many of the scroll saw cuts are 'definition lines', or merely pattern lines. But for those who are most familiar with the traditional 'ball & socket' puzzle pieces, they do take some getting used to, to recognize where the pieces may fit.
These puzzles will be difficult for the very young. Probably there's no 5 year old that can recognize where pieces fit. Without debating 'but that's how they learn', there are only 30 to 40 pieces in most of these puzzles. And I have simplified some of the designs for children. If you would like a particular puzzle modified for a child, I'd be happy to do so. Perhaps that's another form of Paleo Pets I should publish! Contact me,
and let's talk about it.
Handling these puzzles easily requires a hint. Place a piece of cardboard in front of the frame, flip the package and remove the frame. Then use another cardboard on the back of the puzzle, forming a handy sandwich.
A key factor in Paleo Pet design is that the shape of the puzzle pieces and definition lines fit the animal. The Wooly Mammoth looks like it has long hair. The Tyrannosaur was made with many wrinkles in its hide. That's because it was designed before there was evidence that T-re
x also probably had feathers. Archaeopteryx is designed with fully developed flight feathers.
The Doedicurus [dee-dik-YOO-rus] was an ancestor of today's armadillo. Since she became extinct only about 11,000 years ago, her remains are still very well preserved. Her home was southern N. America and S. America.
The most interesting thing is that when the first people came to the Americas, the Doedicurus was still here. The Native Americans used their shells as houses, since the Doedicurus was the size of a small car, 13' long and 5' tall.
Each Paleo Pet is accompanied by a 'biography' of the animal, written so that it can be understood by middle-school children. The hope is that parents will use the patterns and biographies to instruct their kids (and learn for themselves) about some of the many animals that used to exist. Maybe we'll generate lots more enthusiasm for science.
Below is the Triceratops, which seems to be one of the favorites of youngsters. That may be strange since his head probably looked like a nightmarish cross between a giant parrot and a rhinoceros.
Here are the 17 patterns currently available:
Archaeotherium mortoni [ark-ee-oh-THEER-ee-umm more-TONE-ee]
Incisivosaurus gauthieri [In-siz-ee-voh-sore-us gaw-thee-air-ee]
Microceratops [MY-cro-SER-ah-tops; my-kro-SAYR-uh-tops]
Microraptor gui [MY-cro-RAP-tor GOOee]
Oviraptor [OH-vee-RAP-tor; o-vih-RAP-tor]
Phorusrhacos Longissimus [FOR-uss-RAH-kuss or long-ISS-ee-mus]
Quetzalcoatlus northropi [KWET-zal-koh-AT-lus; ket-ZAHL-koe-at-luss;
Smilodon fatalis [SMY-low-donn fay-TAL-iss]
Spinosuarus aeyptiacus [Spy-no-Saw-rus or SPINE-nuh-SAWR-us]
Triceratops Horridus [tri-SER-ah-tops ho-REE-dus]
Tyrannosaurus rex [ty-RAN-o-SAW-rus or TY-ran-o-SAW-rus]
Velociraptor mongoliensis [vel-oss-i-rap-tor mon-gol-ee-en-sis]
Wooly Mammoth [WOOL-ee MAMM-uth]
Wooly Rhinoceros [WOOL-ee rine-OSS-er-uss]
Several more photos may be seen by clicking on Artists & Galleries.
In addition, see a sample of the 'biography' which accompanies each Paleo Pet.
Smilodon (sabertooth cat) puzzle: No, they aren't all dinosaurs.
Many types of dinosaur puzzles are available for the prehistoric lover in your family. Let's rephrase that, please. The lovers of prehistoric animals will find lots of satisfaction with Paleo Pets.
Note: This one didn't need a hole in the tray because the puzzle pieces were cut from 1/4" wood. The top layer of the tray was 1/8" thick, therefore the pieces are easy to remove from the tray.
Tray puzzles may be mounted on a mini easel available at hobby stores.
This Phorusrhacos (Terror Bird) and all other types of dinosaur puzzles make great creative, artistic and fun gifts. These birds are recent discoveries in Florida, Texas and S. America that have not been fully described. They are descendants of dinosaurs, and stood 10' tall.
The Smilodon fatalis (sabertooth cat) Paleo Pet was chosen for publication by ScrollSaw Woodworking & Crafts for their 2007 Fall issue.
Note that some of the patterns cannot be mounted on a stand. For example, the Quetzalcoatlus shown above would have no feet available to stand on.
A third method of scrolling Paleo Pets is as intarsia. As an example, this is a Stegosaurus, the state fossil of Colorado. I don't yet have this intarsia pattern ready for sale. The intarsia method uses different woods for the various colors, without using stains, etc. Each piece is cut, fitted and shaped to give a 3-D effect. It is very effective when the animal in placed in a natural scene.
Intarsia projects are not puzzles.
You may not be into scrolling (yet) and don't want patterns. I am happy to make custom ordered pieces to the size, colors, etc. you desire. You can email me at: email@example.com
Or by writing to: Bob Betting, 5 S. Allison St., Lakewood, CO 80226
If you have a favorite animal that isn't listed above, let's talk about creating your pet as one of my Paleo Pets. It should be an enjoyable experience.
There is no charge for shipping or handling.
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