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Natural Toys - Traditional wooden toys for children

HayWud studio News about our wooden products made from sustainable, eco-friendly wood. We create modern products that inspire a sense of humor.


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We had the best experience over the last few months selling our DogWood collection on Kickstarter. It was a great learning experience going through the process as well as getting wonderful suggestions on what people are asking for. The one area we were not able to deliver on was a black puppy. Since the eyes are black and the body would be black I don't know how this would work but now I want to go figure it out. The other area I wasn't too keen on was the logistics of shipping. I spent most of that time stressing about the possibility of mixing up an order. Not fun at all.


Below are several pictures showing the making of, for those interested.


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Take a look at my three stop motion videos I made just for fun. My first.

Stop Motion Puppies


My new Puppy

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I've been working on a new set of animals starting with a Dog and Cat. I thought that if I can pull that off, well... This set of images show the detail cuts needed for the dog's ears. cut, sand, cut, sand, cut, sand. I'm going for a limit of 50 each but may work this up to one hundred if I finish early. The next set of images show where his eye patch will be. The prototype I made was done using walnut but I may change it up to be Mahogany since walnut tends to go darker with beeswax applied. I was looking for his eye to pop a bit more. I hope you like.

Now I see you

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A quick post to show how the eyes are added to a character. This guy is going to be part of a car but I am still working out the design elements. He looks so sad without the mouth or other details yet to be added.

Wood Resource

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A few have asked where I purchase wood. The wood I can find reclaimed or salvaged I get from Wood Board & Beams in Fairview NJ. For the more exotic types I rely on Bellforest Products. If you are looking for one specific type of wood you may find it cheaper elsewhere but I tend to buy a variety at a time and have found Bellforest to come in with the lower prices, especially after including the shipping fees.

Thanks for reading.

Working with Warriors

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I've started making more of the Warriors with a production mind-set and have a box of arms ready to be cleaned up. Adding the magnets is the next step and making sure the polarity lines up properly, which is always my challenge since once a magnet goes in, it ain't comin' out.

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Just a collection of wood types I've narrowed my use to. When I started I bought almost every wood type I could get my hands on and over time, have learned that some of the most beautiful do not keep their luster unless you keep it in a dark, air-tight box buried somewhere. Purples turn to brown. Yellows turn to brown. Even Brown turns to brown. So the wood types I've chosen may discolor over a long period of time, (Wood Database} at least mine will be far longer than most.