Doug and Bobbie Gold’s Artist Statement:
My wife Bobbie and I have been enjoying a wonderful life creating Baby-Safe, Earth Friendly wooden toys since 1986.
From day one we have always chosen materials made or grown in the USA and in looking back I am proud to say we’ve been “Green” all along. So now that you have found us it is important for me to let you know just what is involved in the making of a “Woodsman Toy”.
So let’s begin. First we start with the hand selection of the wood that we will be using. There are several requirements each type of wood must meet, depending on the toy we will create with it. The wood must be durable so the toys that we will make with it can handle the future it is about to endure… a Toddlers life! We also consider the woods softness and sand ability. Our toys are not only fun to play with, they feel good too. Finally, the wood must have nice grain, color and pattern because these add beauty to the toy.
After the wood has been selected we separate the boards according to what we will create with each piece. This part is especially fun for me because of the physical activity involved. There are days when I have sorted, cut, ripped then stacked over 2,000 feet of wood. All the while being reminded by Bobbie how sore I will be the next day. She’s always right, but it’s a good sore.
Then we lay the wood out and transfer the designs using the pattern of the toys that I have designed over the past 23 years. We then rip, cut, scroll, drill and router all of the pieces that we will need and prepare them for sanding. This is the most important step! A smooth toy will bring years of enjoyment.
When the sanding phase is completed we assemble the pieces using glue and dowels only. No nails or screws are ever used. The assembled pieces are placed into clamps and allowed to set up overnight. This gives each part the proper bonding time.
The next day we stain the various parts selecting from a rainbow of colors. The stains that we use are all water-based and non-toxic ( all of our toys are completely edible! ). After the drying is complete we attach the wheels, axles, propellers, etc…then comes the final inspection! Of course the toy would not have even made it to this stage if something had been amiss.
We make a rather large variety of toys considering it’s just Bobbie and myself. We make Trains, Planes, Trucks and custom items upon request. We also make personalized clothes racks and matching bookends in a variety of designs that the customer selects from according to the theme in the child’s room. This is Bobbie’s forte! She can trace and cut out a child’s name faster than you can eat a Whopper ( which is my favorite!).
Our children’s woodend toys are educational as well as fun. They are filled with animals, colored blocks, ABC blocks, barrels, logs, people and more. All in a variety of designs, sizes and colors. It has been quite rewarding for us to watch a child use our creations to expand and explore their imaginations!
Needless to say we are having a wonderful time being The Woodsman and creating toys for you and your loved ones.
To contact Doug and Bobbie Gold, please visit their website at www.thewoodsmantoys.com.