Artistic Hand-Cut Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles

Not Just For Kids Any More!

Experience what jigsaw puzzles were like "Before Cardboard" from 1880 through 1950

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First created to teach children geography, wooden jigsaw puzzles have been around since the 1700¡¯s.  At the peak of popularity in the 1930¡¯s, there were approximately one million wooden jigsaw craftspeople worldwide. By the mid-1900¡¯s, mass production, higher wages and the perfection of cardboard jigsaw puzzles forced this hand produced, one-of-a-kind fine craft to near extinction. 

I am proud to say that I am one of about 100 known wooden jigsaw puzzle craftspeople (or ¡ˇăcutters¡ˇŔ) in North America today.  I am also proud to say that I am carrying on a family trade as my greatˇ§Cgreat Uncle Carlton Irick also cut wooden puzzles from 1900 through the late 1930¡¯s. 

I began cutting puzzles as a hobby nearly 20 years ago and have been encouraged by family and friends to take my hobby to the professional level, which I have been doing for several years now.  

To date, I have cut many hundreds of puzzles, well over three hundred under the Purple Martin Puzzles name.  Each one is cut individually and no two are alike.  Putting together a wooden jigsaw puzzle is an experience not to be missed for anyone who enjoys a challenge.  Many customers and friends have told me that I have ruined their taste for cardboard jigsaw puzzles and that "cardboard just doesn't do anything for me anymore".  I take that as a compliment.

Welcome to the wonderful world of hand-cut wooden jigsaw puzzles!

Browse through my site to see what I have and am continuing to do - hand-cutting wooden jigsaw puzzles with the purpose of puzzling the puzzler!

Best Wishes - Clint Martin



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Clint's Puzzles - The Early Years

I was rooting through the box of puzzles from my parents house that I thought only contained Uncle Carlton's puzzles when I came across this one.  First I thought how strange it was that Uncle Carlton cut one with 1/2" solid wood, next I thought it strange that bikini bathing suits were available in 1930's. Then it dawned on me, this puzzle was in a cigar box with "Quarters" written in my handwriting back when I had a paper route - I was 14 then; and that was around the same time I cut some puzzles using an old Dremel Hobby Scroll Saw, that was my grandfathers.  My parents kept this all those years!

Clint's Puzzles - The Early Years

Here is another one of my early puzzles. 

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