Joshua is quite a unique type of guy, his love of rhyme seems to take over and spill out like raindrops from the sky. Now here’s his very entertaining interview.
I am married with 4 wonderful kids
On them I am not taking bids
I have 7 yr old, 2 yr old and 4 yr old twins
each of them special no one of them wins
we live in Michigan just as I did
years ago when I was a kid
My favorite pass times involve the outdoors
that’s where I’ll be if I’m done with my chores
I love to be out with my family hiking
or in our front yard with everyone biking
I have a day job but I must confide
it is more fun making toys on the side
each toy that I make is a piece of myself
I send out to the world to a child’s shelf
I find it fulfilling to think and create
though I need my day job to keep food on our plates
How did you learn your woodworking craft?
My mother has craftiness deep in here genes
she always made up for what we lacked in means
sewing or building whatever was needed
pardon me if it sounds conceited
but I believe she passed me her skill
at least its a factor combined with my will
when we decided our kids should have toys
made of wood that didn’t make noise
I bought a saw since that would be cheaper
than buying them toys a constant cash seeper.
trail and error plus a steady hand
an eye for each cut and where to sand
and the love I inherited for building from scratch.
that is from where my wood cutting hatched
Your toys seem to be throwbacks to a simpler more natural time of the human existence. Do you agree? Do you try to instill “old school” values and a way of life in your kids and family life and if so why?
Yes in times gone by, these toys were the norm
You could say in a way we try not to conform
I like that my toys say “life is what you make it”
not “whatever you find in the box, you must take it”
I enjoy the assurance that these toys won’t conflict
with the values my family and I want to depict
when buying the latest of a cartoon craze
a parent is tied to the values they praise
if that character lies or sasses its dad
then I promote that to my little lad
The toys in our store don’t come from a script
you can rest easy no values are shipped
Our toys come to you, a perfect blank slate
the lessons to learn are yours to create
Why types of natural materials are used in your craft and why is that so important?
I know natural things are generally good
that is why everything I make is wood
It’s natural and nontoxic you see
the way I think more things should be
No chemicals paints or dyes
just wood without any disguise
I also enjoy the comforting fact
that my toys left anywhere long enough stacked
will eventually return into the ground
leaving nothing unhealthy that could be found
many new toys are destined to fill
a garbage dump somewhere disguised as a hill
even when thousands of years have past
those broken toys will continue to last
How do these toys compare in terms of fun and creative use to mainstream toys?
New toys it seems have one use intended
Very few are made to be open ended
I want my kids to actively play
so I avoid toys they would just watch most the day
When you give kids a toy that’s hand made
it changes slightly how it gets played.
The toy is a toy but also a reminder
their mind is the actual toy and fun finder
the toy teaches kids that the things they may need
aren’t always bought on a treadmill of greed
instead one must give their thinker a chance
to find the solution for their circumstance
What is it that you want to accomplish with your store?
The goals for this store are many yet one
ultimately I want kids to have fun
but also I want to be kind to the trees
not filling up landfills way up past our knees
Of course I hope to earn some money
a store that didn’t now that would be funny
But profits are not my only concern
for happy bright kids I also yearn
What are you working on at the moment?
My newest endeavors tend to be requests
I like trying new things at a person’s request
Are you looking for an animal that is not here
I love a challenge I’ll not hide in fear.
give me a challenge to brighten my day
“No” is the absolute worst I could say
But I promise to consider each request very well
any doubts in my talent I hope to dispel
commission a masterpiece made at your wish
maybe a face, or a dog or a fish
my best work has been with one piece of wood
so what do you think would make wood look good?
What you like to do outside of Etsy?
Outside of Etsy I work most the day
but when I get home I like to play
with my kids, they spice up my life
I am also in love with my beautiful wife
camping and hiking are a few of the things
that I consider increase the joy that life brings
Joshua has some very interesting advise for other small shops and business owners, you can see these very enlightening verses by clicking on the following links:
“Does the lowest price always win?” and “Why you should cheer not fear when other shops appear”.
Thank you so much Joshua for a very entertaining interview. I won’t rhyme this time (oops) because I think that everyone has probably had enough by now. (:
Please be sure to visit Joshua and see all of the terrific creations he has made. If you have little ones, you should be able to find most of your Christmas gifts in his shops.
Dad’s Wooden Toys @ Etsy
Dad’s Wooden Toys @ Artfire
Dad’s Wooden Toys @ Blogspot
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