It happens to every puzzler: you've been puzzling, and then suddenly a piece, or even a few pieces disappeared.
Most of the time you search the whole house, sometimes people plunder the vacuum bag, and sometimes you find it back, but often you don't!
Then I hope for you that you were making a puzzle of Jan van Haasteren, you know those fun drawn puzzles with all those little men on them, which always happens.
And that always shows at least 1 shark fin, Jan's trademark.
Because if you make a Jan van Haasterenpuzzle, and you've lost a piece, then there's the great team of Jan van Haasteren missing pieces!
Led by Christa Scherpenisse, a team of people working in daytime work to complete incomplete puzzles.
They have a huge stock of Jan van Haasteren puzzles, and if you miss a piece you can request it from them, of course for a small fee.
How's his job?
You take pictures of your puzzle: First off the lid.
Take a picture of the bottom left corner of your puzzle.
You take a picture of the missing piece, and about 7 pieces around it (right from above, not too dark and without flash).
You list (or take a picture of) the puzzle number.
See if you have a smooth puzzle or one embossed.
Please email all of this information to email@example.com.
You'll get an automatic email back almost instantly that you receive message when your request has been viewed.
It may take a while, because there are many missing pieces, and the Corona has caused the work to be stopped for a while.
About a week ago I got a message: our missing piece was probably found.
If I wanted to see if I agreed with the piece?
And so I paid the requested €2.25 (for each extra piece you pay €0.25), and emailed my address.
I should be able to wait a while, because there has to be a client present who can write, to ship the place.
I waited a week, and then a neat envelope fell into my bus:
In the envelope: the missing piece, and a mini puzzle, how fun is that!
I'm so glad I wanted to put this team in the spotlight on this.
Did you know that Jan drew a special puzzle as a tribute to this team?
I'm going to make that puzzle soon, and I'll no doubt write about that.!
So do you have a Jan van Haasteren puzzle, or a wasgij puzzle or a That's life & pieces of history puzzle, and are you lost a piece?
Mail to these chunks, they're happy to help you, and you have another complete puzzle!
Jan van Haasteren: firstname.lastname@example.org
That's life & pieces of history: email@example.com
By the way, you can also go here if you want to donate one of these puzzles!