This puzzle was cut by Michail Drugov of Pushkin, Russia in 1995 utilizing several techniques such as irregular edges, color line cutting and figure pieces. Drugov, however, also developed another technique which I call "multiple levels-same wood". That is, with the same picture and piece of wood, he created three levels: an extra thick level for the central image of the peacock, a "normal" layer for most of the rest of the puzzle, and a thin layer for the figure pieces (6) in the puzzle. The thin layer required slicing off 2 layers of ply from the backs of the figure pieces, not a simple process without risk. Note the Russian bear flexing its arms in the bottom center; that is Drugov's "signature piece", very appropriate for a Russian puzzle maker!