The Elms Puzzle Badge. Handcut in America. Rooted in Maine. Since 1987.

Back to our roots

When Betsy Stuart founded our company in 1987, she used her initials E.L.M.S (Elizabeth Lee McShane Stuart) as its name. A few years ago the company rebranded as Waterford Puzzles. As we look forward, we are going back to our roots by returning to our original name. We believe this is a fitting way to honor Betsy’s love of hand-cut puzzles and celebrate her accomplishment for having founded one of the most recognizable and respected brands in puzzling. 

No matter our name,  the company’s talented artisans remain committed to making exceptional handcrafted wooden jigsaw puzzles. No computers. No lasers. This has been our commitment for over 35 years and we plan on keeping it for decades to come.

Beyond our new website, here's what else is changing:

New puzzle boxes

We've heard and incorporated your feedback. Our new boxes will not only protect the puzzles better, but also contribute to a great puzzling experience from the moment you open the box. You can expect to see them in the next couple of months. 

Even better quality

We're committed to producing the world's finest hand-cut wooden jigsaw puzzles. In that effort, we investigated ways to reduce image paper lift and glare. We’re really happy with the results and think you will be too. Our newest puzzles will be even more durable and easy to see under bright light.

You don't need to be a member to rent

We’re making rental puzzles even more accessible. You no longer have to become a member to rent our Small and Medium puzzles. Members, of course, enjoy access to our full catalog. We hope this opens the doors to many more people discovering this beautiful craft. 

Thanks for joining the journey that began in 1987. Happy puzzling!

Chris & Shay