The Value of Our Toys
Locally Sourced from wood harvested with sustainable practices
Most of our wood has been locally sourced from reputable dealers who can provide us with information on where our wood has been grown and harvested. To the best of our abilities, we make sure we purchase wood that has been harvested with sustainable practices by companies that practice reforestation. Wood is a valuable commodity that should not be wasted.
Made by Hand In Canada
Each and every one of our products has been crafted by some extent here in Canada. We make a lot of our own wooden parts and pieces, but do import wooden pieces that are made in USA for certain parts of our toys. (this will be mentioned in the listings that the pieces are used in).
All of our toys are painted in our toymaking studio in Edmonton. Each toy is handled by a real artist who sands and then lovingly paints the wooden pieces by hand using a fine art paint brush and certified non-toxic paint (which is made in the USA). After the pieces are painted, pieces are put together and compiled into sets and packaged.
The thing to realize is that labour and rent here in Canada is not cheap. Unlike toys made overseas by cheap labour, the labour rates start at $15/hour for entry level work and average around $30/hour for skilled labour. Unlike companies that pay cheaply for overseas workers, we value our woodworkers and artists. Valuing both their time and their labour, we pay them the going rates to ensure they are not taken advantage of.
When sourcing our materials, we look for the highest quality of wood, paint, gloss and glue. We also make sure that all materials we use meet the toymaking standards set forth by Health Canada, Canadian Consumer Product Safety Counsel, the F963-17 (US Toy Directive) and the European Standard EN71 (European Toy Directive).
Safety of our wooden educational toys is top priority and we test each and every toy leaving our shop to make sure they meet with compliance for the appropriate ages they are rated for.