Small Elephant Puzzle Giveaway

I recently received a great gift of some beautiful vintage birch plywood from my wife’s grandfather.  So to test the wood, I cut a smaller version of my elephant puzzle just for fun.  It turned out being so cute that I decided to make two of them so I could try doing a small giveaway.  So here it is.  If you want to be entered to “win” this puzzle then simply leave a comment on this post.  On Wednesday morning (October 20) I will randomly pick the winner from all those who have left a comment.  I will ship world-wide so anyone can enter if they’d like!

The puzzle is about 3.5 by 5.5 inches, and finished with food grade beeswax.

UPDATE: The contest is over. See results on the following post!


  1. trudy...{and jamo}
    October 18, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    That is adorable!
    I hope I win!

  2. krebscout
    October 18, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Pretty sure I'm gonna win this.

  3. SePiLu
    October 18, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    i'm your best fan ! ;) it would be fantastic to win it ! kiss from lyon,france

  4. Marnie
    October 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    how can i not try to win this?

    your blog thrills me and my kids and we've pretty much attempted to make everything you've given us the pattern to make. The aquarium is thus far, our absolute favorite. they're our go-to thing to make fir birthday presents this year, too.

  5. MuddyFingers
    October 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Sweet and gorgeous! It would make the perfect present for my niece who turns 1 in a few weeks. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. (ea)
    October 18, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    My little niece would love this. But it looks like she's not the only one. :)

  7. lis
    October 18, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    i love how you look at the world. your designs just make sense.

    thanks for sharing all that you do!

  8. O and F
    October 18, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    You have many, many fans! Thank you for your blog. It provides such good ideas and inspiration!

  9. Sheri
    October 18, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    I LOVE small things and elephants are my FAVORITE! Very nice design, Joel. Thanks for such a great giveaway. :)

  10. Sara
    October 18, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I love your work! The elephants are too dear.

  11. sandra
    October 19, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Hello from Berlin!
    I really love your blog, thank you so so much for the things you do and share!
    (and... of course i would be more than proud to win these adorable Puzzle for my kids james and louise)

  12. A Mãe
    October 19, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Olá! Adoro o teu blog e adoro os teus trabalhos!
    Também quero ganhar o puzzle do elefente; o meu filho Gabriel vai adorar!

  13. carrie
    October 19, 2010 at 12:09 am

    just darling. love it.

  14. ashdogfh1
    October 19, 2010 at 12:22 am

    love your puzzle... all of your projects are very inspiring... thank you for the ideas!!

  15. owlandpussycat
    October 19, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Love this puzzle! My three-year-old is loving puzzles right now too. I'm sure it would get a lot of use in our home. Thanks for the give-away!

  16. lifeofkevrik
    October 19, 2010 at 12:47 am

    I love this puzzle!

  17. elsa kate
    October 19, 2010 at 12:53 am

    so cute! im sure my little sister would love it! (but maybe not as much as me!)

  18. Kelly
    October 19, 2010 at 12:56 am


  19. JakDeeandKids
    October 19, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Count us in! It's lovely!

  20. cthomas
    October 19, 2010 at 1:42 am

    simply beautiful! my children would love this!!! thanks

  21. KD
    October 19, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Hey Joel. I would love to win the puzzle. Thanks for the opportunity. Also... I think little Aussie animals would also look super cute - especially wombats!

  22. miesmies
    October 19, 2010 at 2:05 am

    i would love to win it! :D it's beautiful.

  23. Kath
    October 19, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Clean, simple lines - beautiful puzzle that will certainly stand out as a deco piece also! What a delight to win!

  24. Sarah Rachelle
    October 19, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Those are adorable!

  25. robin
    October 19, 2010 at 2:33 am

    me! pick me!

  26. Seymour Chase
    October 19, 2010 at 3:01 am

    my daughter is totally loving puzzles these days, and i love your work! thanks!!

  27. Ms. A
    October 19, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Just discovered your blog and couldn't pass up on the chance of winning this great puzzle!!!

  28. mommy days
    October 19, 2010 at 3:17 am

    what a beautiful puzzle!!

  29. elisabeth
    October 19, 2010 at 3:17 am

    My daughter would love this!

  30. Mikaela
    October 19, 2010 at 3:30 am

    Love it! Then again, I love most things you make. I hope my husband turns out to be as hands-on with our kids as you are with yours =)

  31. Amber
    October 19, 2010 at 3:33 am

    may we have one? please. we love your toys.

  32. Rach
    October 19, 2010 at 3:40 am

    Perfect for the very small hands of my own perfect creation (baby Louis).

  33. zaihanwcg
    October 19, 2010 at 3:46 am

    I want a daddy like you!

  34. audrey
    October 19, 2010 at 3:54 am

    Thanks for your generosity and creativity joel.

  35. h
    October 19, 2010 at 4:15 am

    So adorable.

  36. Patricia
    October 19, 2010 at 4:25 am

    It´s just so perfect! My little girl would love to play with it! Thanks for the chance!

  37. tiff
    October 19, 2010 at 5:05 am
  38. Kari
    October 19, 2010 at 5:15 am

    love it!

  39. Michelle
    October 19, 2010 at 5:22 am

    I love your blog, I've got it on my widgets! So creative!

  40. dawn
    October 19, 2010 at 5:24 am

    love it. it would be a perfect holiday gift for my daughter.

  41. Anonymous
    October 19, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Could you make a template of this so I can make my own? (just in case I won't win of course (= )

    Livia (

  42. Joanna
    October 19, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Your many art projects for little people are simply wonderful, and I would love to be the lucky winner of an elephant puzzle!

  43. Karli Rae.
    October 19, 2010 at 7:39 am

    I love this puzzle! It's so cute!

  44. lou
    October 19, 2010 at 7:46 am

    The first time I saw your puzzle, I loved it, and now I have the possibility to win it… so I'll cross my fingers until tomorrow !!

  45. Anonymous
    October 19, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I tuoi lavori sono meravigliosi, mi piacerebbe molto avere il tuo elefante per la mia bambina.
    Laura, Modena, Italy

  46. UnaZebrApois
    October 19, 2010 at 8:32 am

    So lovely!!!Please count me in!!!

  47. moonberry
    October 19, 2010 at 8:49 am

    super cute! i'd love to win this.

  48. Bryanna
    October 19, 2010 at 9:33 am

    This is so great! I just discovered your blog through a post on I'm looking forward to spending lots of time exploring and then making things with our growing baby!

  49. Hadas
    October 19, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Wow, beautiful!!

  50. Maria
    October 19, 2010 at 10:06 am

    If I win, I will re-post to my sis and her adorable kids in Copenhagen.
    Maria in Melbourne

  51. Wendy Leow
    October 19, 2010 at 10:46 am

    looks lovely!!

  52. heleen
    October 19, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Many, many reactions, low change to win for me, but cool for you to see that many many people love your work!

  53. Li
    October 19, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Amazing. I would loooove to have this puzzle.
    I have added a link to you on my blog

  54. Mei
    October 19, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Really nice!

  55. jayaygee
    October 19, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Everyone loves elephants. :)

  56. Kana
    October 19, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Thanks from France!

  57. Nina
    October 19, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Of course! We love elephants. And puzzles. And your blog!

  58. Knoopjes
    October 19, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Oh my, that's a beautiful elephant!
    Would be a perfect Sinterklaas (dutch Saint Nic on 5th of december) gift!

    Thank you for this great giveaway!
    Have a great day!

  59. Pauline, Mother of Nino
    October 19, 2010 at 11:38 am

    maybe all the way to France for a czech little girl with a georgian name?

  60. Ornella
    October 19, 2010 at 11:45 am

    thank you!!

  61. netta wagner shoshani, Israel
    October 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    BIG FAN of your stuff...when i need a push i just need one look at your blog - what did joel do today kind of inspiration

  62. Caroline
    October 19, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Oh pleasey weasey!

  63. jill scripps
    October 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    toss my name in the hat please!
    it's adorable!

  64. Violetka
    October 19, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Beautifull :) I would like to win it!
    Greetings from Poland :)

  65. tania
    October 19, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    soooooo cute, joel!
    my baby-to-be would love it, hihi
    such a wonderful and inspiring blog, congratulations...

  66. Gita
    October 19, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Love, love, love your ideas!!! I have saved many to use them when my 7 months old son grows older :) Thank you for the chance - I think this puzzle is wonderful.

  67. BeeBaker
    October 19, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    thanks for a giveaway! how awesome.

  68. Beth McClure
    October 19, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    like everyone else, my family would love this. have you posted a pattern anywhere?

  69. Anonymous
    October 19, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Phew! I woke up last night thinking it was too late. Fortunately not! I dream to play with this nice Elephant puzzle :-)
    How would you like a little trip to France Elephant and friends ? I hope that Joel will send you home.

  70. Bibi
    October 19, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I´d love to win it. Living in Germany :)

  71. joanne
    October 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Your playful mind is creative and fun. Nice to connect with my grandmom/artist/teacher modes!

  72. Yona
    October 19, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I love your blog and your creativity, I love this beautiful wooden puzzle, and I would love to win it to share with my grandchildren!

  73. OlsonFamily6
    October 19, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    its beautiful! pick me! :)

  74. needleandstring
    October 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    love it! my boys would love that puzzle.

  75. anjablau
    October 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    lovely!. i make elepjants too.

  76. Anonymous
    October 19, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    The elephant looks so cute! Count me in too!


  77. Hanna
    October 19, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I love your work!!

  78. Maya Papaya
    October 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Me, too! Or Me, 479th! Love, love, love your site!

  79. bklopst
    October 19, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Really admire your talent Joel!

    Good luck everyone!!

  80. Karin @ madebyk
    October 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    So cute!!

  81. Gina
    October 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm


    When I was almost 2, my parents took me to the zoo. When I saw the elephants I pointed and said, "Aufsmitz!" My mother said, No, Elephant. Apparently I was very convinced and got louder and said, "MMMMMMMMMMMM AUFSMITZ!" My mom said, "Fine, Aufsmitz," and the name stuck.

    I love your AUFSMITZ!

  82. El
    October 19, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I *heart* elephants!

  83. NSMOM
    October 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Would love this! Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

  84. Emily Sterne
    October 19, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I love this lovely puzzle! Yay for lo-tech toys!!

  85. Maiz
    October 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Oh, wow! Count me in!!!

  86. Amy
    October 19, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Please enter me! I love your toys.

  87. Micah
    October 19, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    It's just beautiful. Your work is so simple and stunning. Thank you for the opportunity to win. But, moreover thank you for the art you share. We sure enjoy it at our house.

  88. Puur Anders
    October 19, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    It is so beautiful! Love to win it.

  89. Marigabriela
    October 19, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I soooo love it!! My son would love it

  90. scseattle
    October 19, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Your puzzle is beautiful! Our whole family would love to play with it

  91. Trula
    October 19, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    This is fantastic. Could the random number selector please decide to send it to Barcelona?

  92. tobina
    October 19, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I really love all your works! I'm following you from Italy; I' ve three baby boys that really LOVE woodden plays.

  93. jolesulprato
    October 19, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    i'm so happy you ship worldwide so I can boy would LOVE this puzzle!

  94. barbarayphotos
    October 19, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! expecting #2 in a couple weeks so would make a wonderful addition to our toy collection!

  95. Orit Berl
    October 19, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I'd love to win this :)

  96. elisadelenclos
    October 19, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    it's beautiful, would love a chance to win!

  97. Chelsey
    October 19, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    What a great giveaway. Thanks! mybabyappleseed(at)yahoo(dot)ca

  98. John
    October 19, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Yes, please.

  99. kirsty
    October 19, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I have to enter even though the odds are getting slimmer all the time! I would be over the moon to have a Joel Henriques original! (The whole family loves your blog in this house)

  100. green tea and red nails
    October 19, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    this is so rad! pick me... please :)

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