Nuzzles® are custom designed wooden typographic puzzles handcrafted by John Christenson since 2008, each with their own unique characteristics. Every Nuzzle is cut from a single block of wood, and the characters interlock with each other in a way that creates a sense of harmony and integrity.

The Story

Inspired by a wooden name puzzle I received as a child, I began designing my own puzzles for family and friends, and called them ‘Nuzzles®.’ I’ve now made many Nuzzles® for people around the world. Every Nuzzle is carefully cut from a single block of wood by hand on a scroll saw. Each name or word is custom-designed and the characters ‘nuzzle’ together using a unique connecting system. Finally, the Nuzzle is hand-sanded and stained for a lasting, rich and durable finish. I’m a Chicago-based designer and studied both graphic design and industrial design at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to the Nuzzles® project, I design and build furniture and toys, create print, web and multimedia design for a variety of clientsrenovate our historical American Foursquare home, make my own cheese and bread, and run ultra-marathons.

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