to my internet site "Enjoy Making Wooden Toys".
born into a carpentry family so I have always had access to tools and
timber. Enjoying making toys for myself when I was young.
worked in earth moving for quite a period of my life so I had a good
understanding of machinery. It seemed natural to combine the two so I
started making toys that moved dirt about 20 yrs ago and have been
professionally making toys and furniture for child care centres and markets
challenge now is to put all my knowledge onto paper so over the next few
months I will have lots of plans for you to use to "Enjoy Making Wooden
some passion into the project and you will "Enjoy Making Wooden Toys" too.
have been selling my plans now for 12months over the internet and now due to
demand have decided to also sell the finished toys for Australian delivery.
It turns out not as many people make things any more and more and more
expect to be able to buy them. The postage overseas is prohibitive however
we have sourced a courier company for Australian deliveries which seems
quiet reasonable and which also made the shipping of our kits a bit cheaper
than previously, so you may have noticed this shipping price go down. I have
had to get my lovely partner Lee to change the internet site again to
accommodate the extra pricing while trying not to confuse us all, I hope it
looks like Lee and I will be both be under the house making toys, this way I
am still free to get some more plans ready. I have just finished a
lovely series of Jalopies based on the T Model Ford. I hope you like them.
are in South East QLD we will have our toys on display and all of our plans
at the Rathdowney Heritage Festival on the 4th of April 2010. Look for our
truck near the tank stand at the end o the barn. March 2010
have now been to the Heritage Festival the Brisbane Working with Wood show
in May and the Sydney Working with Wood Show which was in June 2010 thanks
again to our customers who dropped into our stand and said hi, it is really
great to see real live customers rather than just E mails.
out for 'Can Do Books' at the Adelaide and Perth Working with Wood shows as
they will have some of our plans for sale. Say hi to Stephanie.
couple of weeks I will be dropping in some of the Furniture, a Fire Station,
a Bi Plane Rocker and the Barbie Dolls house to 'Lots for Tots' in Brisbane
who will be stocking some of our toys in their store. If you want to see the
toys drop in and have a look. Most of the furniture will have a Cedar stain.
year has really flown, Hi again to all those we met at the Melbourne Working
with wood show and a big thank you to all those people who ordered toys for
Christmas, as soon as I got back from Melbourne we had to put a note on the
site to say we couldn't accept any more orders for finished toys after the
17th of November if people wanted them delivered by Christmas as I had too
many to make and get on the courier so they would be delivered in time, I
had so many orders when I got back. It was bit of a rush and we had some
late nights but they were all delivered in time. We have another shop
stocking our toys now, Kiddies Corner at Coorparoo in Brisbane so drop in
there if you are going past. At the moment they have the Rocking horse, a
Rocking chair, Dolls house, Simple Cradle and the T Models in stock. Merry
Christmas to you all and a Happy and Healthy 2011,
again, off we are in another year, some good news for the Brisbane people,
some of the Mitre 10 stores have agreed to stock our plans and kits. So soon
you can see the plans and kits at the Beaudesert Mitre 10 and the plans in
the Mega Mitre 10 at Beenleigh and the Mitre 10 store at Boonah. This means
that you wont have to pay for postage if you drop into the store and buy
them. Each store will stock eveything that you need to make your toys.
now have stainless steel rocking arms for the Rocking Horse, so you can buy
the plan with the arms, this saves a lot of trouble trying to make them. If
you already have the plan and would like the arms send me an E Mail or ring
and you can order and pay for them over the phone and I will post them out
Thank you to all of our customers who
came up and said Hi to us at the Maleny Wood Show a few weeks back and the
Brisbane Working with Wood show which was last weekend.
I have decided to make some wheels which
you can buy for the Prime Mover and the Trailers, they were a great hit at
the shows and we sold over 300 of them. Soon they will be on web site, when
I can get some photos done. I think most people are over making wheels after
the first 20 or so.
Cattle Truck B Double has been a great hit, we changed it from a 2 storey to
a single storey so it will fit the schleich cattle which seems to be the
only plastic cows available at the toys stores and they are quiet large
though very pretty. We have a couple of black and white ones which do the
modeling for us in the doorway of the trucks at the shows.
has flown again we didn't get to either Sydney or Melbourne wood shows this
year, however you can find us at the Broadbeach, Burleigh and Tamborine
markets on the Gold coast, we have been accepted into the Surfers Markets
however we have been so busy that we haven't made one yet, maybe closer to
Christmas after all of our Christmas orders have been sent. I am currently
working on getting all the orders to US and Perth away first as they will
take the longest time to deliver. Our Cattle trucks have been the best
seller this year with many people choosing to get them engraved with a name
ie "Freds" transport .. well you get the idea. After Christmas I hope to
have a Pantech, Truck and Dog and Curtain sider to add to the collection. I
am making Dollies now, when I get orders for Road Trains so when I get time
I will put them up and people can make their own road trains by purchasing
dollies and trailers. Anyhow I must fly, thanks to everyone who has
supported us during the year and a merry and safe Christmas to you all.
the Christmas rush is over and we had some time to sit back and have good
look at our little business, what is selling, what it is not and all that
stuff that a good business owner should do. We have decided that not many
people are interested in Australian made wooden toys in general and the
larger items are too costly to send. So I have decided to go back to just
selling my plans to the keen woodworker and to continue to develop my range
of finished toy trucks and custom made trucks which have been the most
popular and are more cost effective to send.
Half way through the year already. I have been swamped by
truck orders, so if you are thinking of getting one this year give me plenty
of notice, people are already ordering for Christmas. I am only doing the
Surfers Paradise Beach market on Friday nights now. Thanks to all those
customers who have popped in the say hi. We are planning to take some of the
Bar trucks to the Deniliquin Ute festival this year, all going well.