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!

550 Responses
  1. Marnie

    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.

  2. MuddyFingers

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

  3. sandra

    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)

  4. A Mãe

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

  5. owlandpussycat

    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!

  6. KD

    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!

  7. Kath

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

  8. Mikaela

    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 =)

  9. Anonymous

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

    Livia (eierplaetzchen@web.de)

  10. Joanna

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

  11. lou

    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 !!

  12. Anonymous

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

  13. Knoopjes

    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!

  14. netta wagner shoshani, Israel

    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

  15. Gita

    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.

  16. Anonymous

    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.

  17. Yona

    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!

  18. Gina


    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!

  19. Micah

    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.

  20. tobina

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

  21. barbarayphotos

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

  22. kirsty

    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)