PETER CHAPMAN PUZZLES . . . Handcrafted Articulated Wooden Puzzles
Hand-cut and carved into a variety of animals with hidden objects inside

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Only Peter Chapman can do this.

He cuts a single piece of domestic or exotic wood into a 3-dimensional fascinating interlocking puzzle. His puzzles thus articulate and move like the beings they represent. “What I make is really a kind of kinetic sculpture,” Peter says softly, his native Virginia reflected in his words. “I probably sell as many of them for adult toys as I do for kids’ toys.”

A native of Southwest Virginia, Peter studied architecture at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. In 1975, Peter returned to the Blue Ridge Mountains to establish his own wood-working studio. There on Bent Mountain, in a barn surrounded by apple orchards, he creates his own unique style of furniture and sculpture, including his popular three-dimensional puzzle animals. Peter is a member of the Southern Highlands Handcrafts Guild, Virginia Mountain Crafts Guild, and The International Wood Collectors Society.

We are proud to be able to offer the works of this nationally known, highly acclaimed, Blue Ridge Mountain artist.

Whether a conversation piece or something to be solved, a puzzle brings people together. What a wonderful addition to your home or office and terrific gifts for all ages. This puzzle, however, is not intended for small children, given the small pieces and delicate joints.

The painstaking craftsmanship, combined with the beauty of the native and exotic woods Peter uses, results in a beautiful piece of art suitable for display on your coffee table. Each individually handcrafted wooden puzzle is individually cut, unique to the specific piece of wood chosen, and signed & dated by Peter Chapman himself.

Each puzzle is made from a single piece of native or exotic hardwood. So, how would one begin to disassemble the thing? Once the eye pin is removed, the interlocking pieces may be removed sequentially.

Aha, the eye! Your fingers push the dowel out of the wooden head. Suddenly, the first piece is freed. The next slides out at an angle. And the next. And the next. So much fun. About midway in the disassembly, a tiny piece flips out from within the larger one. Surprise! A tiny surprise hides inside.

Putting it back together is easy as the pieces can only go one way. In a minute or so the task is complete. Reinserting the eye locks the pieces together and secures the sculpture. The result is an animal that articulates and moves like the being it represents.

 


 

Check out our current 40 Chapman puzzle collection
Orders accepted: March, April, May, August, September & October
Typical 8 to 9 week delivery time (can be shorter or longer depending on puzzle complexity), USA addresses only.
*Gallery currently open!



 NEW FOR 2017!

Chinese Dragon w/ Golden Dragon Egg inside

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16" x 4" in Mahogany (rosy brown w/slight iridescence). 

      

 


 NEW FOR 2017!

Medieval Dragon with Knight's Shield inside

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18" x 6" with a body of Paduak (bright uniform orange-red with dark red streaks) wood and Walnut (dark brown) wings.

   


 

 

 

 


Gecko with Ladybug inside

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9" long in Leopardwood (light silver spots on dark brown) with Paduak (bright uniform orange-red with dark red streaks) legs. 

 


Deluxe Polar Bear with Cub inside

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12" x 10" in Three inch thick Maple (cream color). A thicker more sculptural version of the regular 2-inch polar bear.


Alligator with Clock inside

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20" x 2" in Leopardwood (light silver spots on dark brown).

 

 


Pembroke Welsh Corgi with Bone inside

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9" x 6" in Cherry Wood, a warm tan that will deepen and redden as it ages and Maple (dark brown). Referred to as the "Queen's Corgi".

 


Pig with Acorn inside

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9" x 6" in Mahogany (rosy brown w/slight iridescence).


Golden Retriever with Frisbee inside

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12" x 7" in Cherry Wood, a warm tan that will deepen and redden as it ages.


Labrador Retriever with Duck inside

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12" x 7" in Maple (light cream in color for Yellow Lab lovers) and in Walnut (dark brown) for those w/dark colored Labs.
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Dachshund with Small Bone inside

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11" x 5" in Walnut (dark brown) or Paduak (bright uniform orange-red with dark red streaks).
Select desired wood

 


Howling Wolf with Moon inside

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14" x 9" in Walnut (dark brown) OR Ash (very pale cream color). 
Select desired wood

 


Cat with Mouse inside

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15" x 17" in Mahogany (rosy brown w/slight iridescence), Walnut (dark brown) OR Zebrawood (light golden yellow w/dark brown to black stripes). 
Select desired wood

 


Horse with Foal inside

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10" x 7" in Walnut (dark brown) OR Mahogany (rosy brown with slight iridescence). 
Select desired wood


Barn Owl with Mouse inside

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11" x 4" in combo of Maple (dark brown) & Leopardwood (light silver spots on dark brown background), Lacewood Wings, Glass eyes  

 

 


Great Horned Owl with Mouse inside

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11" x 4" x 3" in combo of Walnut (dark brown) and Cherry (warm tan that will deepen and redden as it ages) with Leather Ears, Glass eyes.

 


Hen with Egg inside

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8" H x 7" L in Cherry Wood (warm tan that will deepen and redden as it ages) OR Paduak (bright uniform orange-red with dark red streaks), both with Leopardwood Wings. 
Select desired wood
    

Rabbit with Carrot inside

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8"H x 6" L in Mahogany (rosy brown wood with slight iridescence) or Maple (light cream color).
Select desired wood

    


 


Caterpillar with Butterfly inside

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8" L x 2" H in Zebrawood (light golden yellow w/dark brown to black stripes), Paduak  (bright uniform orange-red with dark red streaks), OR Cocobolo (deep reds, yellows or oranges with dark brown to black streaks).
Select desired wood


Turtle with Egg inside

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9" x 6" in Bocot (yellowish brown w/dramatic dark brown to almost black stripes) with Leopardwood (light silver spots on dark brown). 

 
 
Frog with Fly inside

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10" x 5" in Walnut (dark brown).  

 


Squirrel with Acorn inside and out!

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6" x 7" in Walnut (dark brown) with leather ears.

                        


Deluxe Grizzly Bear w/ Leaping Salmon inside

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11" L x 7" H x 3" W in Mahogany (rosy brown wood with slight iridescence) w/leather ears.

 

 
Polar Bear with Cub inside


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 12" x 10" in 2" thick Maple (cream color).

 

 


Black Bear with Beehive inside

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11" L x 6" H in Walnut (dark brown) OR Mahogany (rosy brown wood with slight iridescence).
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Stock Market Bull with Bear inside


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12" x 5" in Paduak (bright uniform orange-red with dark red streaks).

 


Buffalo with Baby inside

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8" x 6" in Walnut (dark brown).

 


Moose
with Aspen Branch inside

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12" x 10" in Walnut (dark brown) w/ Mahogany Antlers  


 

 


Brontosaurus with Egg inside


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10" x 5" in Cherry (warm tan that will deepen and redden as it ages) OR Walnut (dark brown)  

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Penguin with Baby Penguin inside


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8" x 4" in Black Walnut (very dark brown) with Maple front.  

           
 

Hippo with Baby inside


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10" x 5" in Walnut (dark brown).  


Rhinoceros with Baby Rhino inside


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12" x 6" x 3" in Walnut (dark brown).

 


 


Piranha with Finger inside

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8" x 5" in Leopardwood (light silver spots on dark brown).

        
 


Bass with Fish inside

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12" x 4" in Cherry (warm tan that will deepen and redden as it ages), Walnut (dark brown), Zebrawood (light golden yellow w/dark brown to black stripes), or Leopardwood (light silver spots on dark brown).

Select desired wood


Whale with Jonah inside


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10" x 3" in Cherry (warm tan that will deepen and redden as it ages) , Walnut (dark brown), OR Paduak (bright uniform orange-red with dark red streaks).
Select desired wood

 


Goldfish with Fish inside

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8" Wide in Cherry (warm tan that will deepen and redden as it ages), Paduak (bright uniform orange-red with dark red streaks), Leopardwood (light silver spots on dark brown), OR Cocobolo (deep reds, yellows or oranges with dark brown to black streaks)..

Select desired wood

     



 

 
Angelfish with Fish inside


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6" Wide in Paduak (bright uniform orange-red with dark red streaks), Leopardwood (light silver spots on dark brown), OR Cocobolo (deep reds, yellows or oranges with dark brown to black streaks).
Select desired wood

     

Iguana with Leaf inside


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20" Wide in Leopardwood (light silver spots on dark brown).
Select desired wood

        
 

Boa with Mouse inside

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Huge 60" W x 2.5" H in Cherry (warm tan that will deepen and redden as it ages) OR Walnut (dark brown).
Select desired wood

  
 

Rattlesnake with Mouse inside

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48" W x 2" H x 2" W in Light and Dark Wenge (dark brown with black streaks) with carved rattles and bloodwood tongue. 

              
 

 


Snake with Mouse inside

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26" Wide in Paduak (bright uniform orange-red with dark red streaks), Zebrawood (light golden yellow w/dark brown to black stripes), Leopardwood (light silver spots on dark brown).
Select desired wood

        


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