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Meet My Team

Meet the Team behind MDH Toys! 

 

Professional Artist/Toy Designer: Miriam Handfield

I was taught at an early age to knit, sew and embroider and do all sorts of other various crafts. As I grew older, I developed a love for designing and painting. After high school I received my Interior Design Technologist with Distinction diploma at NAIT (Edmonton, AB) and worked in the interior de

 Armed with new designs, I recruited a team of independent woodworkers and wood turners to help turn my designs from sketches into wooden toys. They send these pieces back to me, ready for me to paint. I love the personal touches I get to do while painting by brush with acrylic paint.

When my middle child was diagnosed with autism, I searched for tactile quality wooden educational toys to assist him with hands on learning. Because he had a lot of accidents with spilling milk or juice plus he still mouthed his toys, I needed something that was high quality yet safe to put in his mouth. There was nothing available in

Canada except for big brand name toys with paper fronts or made in China products that were possibly toxic. The only option I had was to design and make items for his education.

When I showed his occupational therapist, speech therapists and physiologist what I was creating for his learning, they made inquiries and purchases from me for other families with special needs children. This steered my toy making company in the direction of creating heirloom quality educational learning toys for toddler through grade 2.  

 

I am most creative on the days of the full moon, love watching thunderstorms and if I wasn't an artist I would probably be a long haul trucker

 

 

Woodwork: Shane Handfield

 

My husband Shane provides most of our woodwork labour including wood turning, scroll saw work, power routering, skill saw work and jig saw work. 

When he is not at his day job or helping me out by cutting out pieces for my toy designs, he can be found helping out with the kids and doing laundry or working in the garden.

Little known fact: He taught himself woodworking by watching youtube videos, which is absolutely amazing!

 

 

Plenty of hands also help out our little company. Thank you to the following who take my designs and make woodwork for me to paint up:

Shawn M. 

Walter K. (Prairie Creations)