After watching most of my young son’s toys break, wear down, fall apart and wind up in the garbage, I set out to make toys that were not only beautiful and entertaining, but also durable enough to be handed down to the next generation.
A visit to my parent’s house proved to be the light-bulb moment, when my mother handed my son a box of old wooden toys and airplanes that I played with as a child. These toys had been boxed up for almost 30 years and, except for a little dust, they were still as good as the day my parents gave them to me.
Imagine my feeling as my 2½ year old son pulled me by the hand over to the toys to play with him. I was shocked at how some of the memories came flooding back, not in a wave of tear-inducing emotion, but smiles of joy and playful wonder I had not enjoyed for some time.
Upon returning home, I gathered a team to help me design and build beautiful and fun educational toys that would survive the intensity that only a happy child can dish out.
We determined to make classic toys and games work in wood in order to capture a sense of Americana. We agreed we did not want to stamp these with inks or colors, so we chose engraving as a method so the toys would retain a sense of timelessness. We insisted that if we could not make these toys in America, then we would not make them at all.