GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Uncle Goose®, the nation's leading handmade wooden toy block manufacturer, navigates into uncharted waters with the introduction of Nautical Alphabet Blocks, a 26-piece set of decorative blocks featuring artwork steeped heavily in maritime tradition. The set has a suggested retail price of $48. It becomes available at specialty retailers across the nation and at unclegoose.com in mid-February.
Each block in the Nautical set features meaningful elements including the NATO phonetic alphabet, international maritime signal flags, nautical knots, Morse code and flag semaphore. The designs are set off with non-toxic inks applied by hand and feature the kind of detailed wood carving and embossing that makes Uncle Goose blocks so unique.
The combination of decorative appeal and historical accuracy make the Nautical Alphabet Blocks a perfect addition to beach houses, summer cottages or for the child who dreams of growing up navigating the Great Lakes.
"We're always looking to change the course of the traditional wooden block by adding new perspectives that awaken the imagination," said Pete Bultman, owner of Uncle Goose. "The Nautical set represents a completely different market for us. We believe purists will identify with the meaning and symbols, and others will simply appreciate the design acumen."
Uncle Goose's traditional alphabet blocks feature non-toxic inks and are made from sustainable basswood sources from the U.S. The unique blocks are stocked in museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum.
ABOUT UNCLE GOOSE®
Founded in 1983, Uncle Goose exists in an era of smart phones, tablets and video games, yet it chooses to step back more than 100 years to make wooden alphabet, decorative and other specialty wooden blocks by hand from its company-owned facility in Grand Rapids, Mich. Simple, creative, old-fashioned (and maybe a little quirky), the essence of Uncle Goose can be found in its love of learning, design, and creativity. Uncle Goose blocks are sold in children's toy stores, design shops, museums and boutiques across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Africa. For more information, visit www.unclegoose.com.
SOURCE Uncle Goose