Noble Toys - heirloom quality wooden toys, games & puzzles.
Noble Toys - heirloom quality wooden toys, games & puzzles.
Noble Toy Company designs and makes heirloom quality wooden toys, puzzles and games. All of our products are made in America.
Noble Toy Company designs and makes heirloom quality wooden toys, puzzles and games. All of our products are made in America. Read more
About this project
About the Toys
Noble Toy Company designs and builds heirloom-quality wooden toys. We carve and engrave educational and entertaining toys and games with patterns and textures from child-safe wood. Noble Toy Co. is in the business of handing down childhood memories. When you give a child a toy, you give them a tool to help them make sense of their world. Some of a child’s earliest memories will be about the toys they played with. That’s why we build toys that can last generations.
About Noble Toy Co.
After watching most of my young son’s toys break, wear down, fall apart and wind up in the garbage, I set out to make toys that were not only beautiful and entertaining, but also durable enough to be handed down to the next generation.
A visit to my parent’s house proved to be the light-bulb moment, when my mother handed my son a box of old wooden toys and airplanes that I played with as a child. These toys had been boxed up for almost 30 years and, except for a little dust, they were still as good as the day my parents gave them to me.
Imagine my feeling as my 2½ year old son pulled me by the hand over to the toys to play with him. I was shocked at how some of the memories came flooding back, not in a wave of tear-inducing emotion, but smiles of joy and playful wonder I had not enjoyed for some time.
Upon returning home, I gathered a team to help me design and build beautiful and fun educational toys that would survive the intensity that only a happy child can dish out.
We determined to make classic toys and games work in wood in order to capture a sense of Americana. We agreed not to stamp our toys with inks or colors, so we chose engraving as a method so the toys would retain a sense of timelessness. And most importantly, we insisted that if we could not source and make these toys in America, then we would not make them at all.
Manufacturing and Assembly
Noble makes its toys in America, supporting manufacturing jobs in small towns in northeast Ohio and western Vermont by Lake Champlain, distribution jobs in northern Illinois, and product design/prototype fabrication and web development in Chicago.
All of our toys are made from wood that’s safe for children, namely maple and non-toxic birch plywood. There is no color to fade and no paints or inks to rub off. All of the images on Noble’s toys are engraved into the wood, using lasers primarily but other methods of engraving are used as well. Not only does the laser method make for beautiful artwork, it reduces waste that comes with most other production methods.
Noble’s Social Agenda
Noble is committed to investing a significant percentage of profits into visual arts education in under resourced schools, and to providing hands-on learning opportunities to deserving students pursuing the industrial arts.
When you buy a toy from Noble Toy Co. you not only get a great toy, puzzle or game, but you help us support job stability today while preparing innovators and stewards of culture for tomorrow. The toys we make will not only touch the lives of children and parents today, but their children and their children.
What Your Support Will Do
Your support of Noble will help us with:
- Prototype refinement
- Initial production run in time for the holidays, including manufacturing, assembly and packaging
- Mandatory 3rd party safety testing
- Online presence (website, video production, photography)
The Six-Sided Puzzle
There is a Season: Turn, Turn, Turn… This twist on a tried and true game features four engraved seasons with one engraved gingham pattern. Engraved on such a beautiful block of maple that we just had to leave a side blank. Nine solid hardwood maple blocks. 1.75” in length, 1.75” in width, 1.75” in height. Suggested for children three and older.
Your choice between two jigsaw puzzles: one’s a prize pig just back from the fair, and the other’s a duck that’s off doing duck stuff. Twenty birch plywood pieces (each.) Completed puzzles are each 10” x 8” x 0.25”. Suggested for children three years old and up.
Limited Edition: Trottin' Ol' Joe Jigsaw Puzzle
We’re only making 500 of these fellows. Engraved on ¼” birch plywood. Twenty birch plywood pieces in a frame. Completed puzzle is 10” x 8” x 0.25”. Suggested for children three years old and up.
Farm Critter Memory Game
A spin on an old classic. Help the critters find their match. Handsomely engraved with barnyard friends on durable birch plywood. Twelve birch plywood tiles. Each tile is 2.5” x 2.5” x 0.25”. Suggested for children two years old and up.
Limited Edition: Animal Farm Memory Game
Only 500 of these will be produced. Nowhere near as Orwellian as it sounds, this memory game set makes for brain-building fun with more barnyard friends. Sharks with lasers on their heads engraved these on birch plywood. Twelve birch plywood tiles. Each tile is 2.5” x 2.5” x 0.25”. Suggested for children two and older.
Limited Edition: Spinning Top
This handsome fellow was co-designed by our good friends at Strand Design, who also make some pretty sweet desks, lamps, storage furniture, custom tables and some really elegant vinyl bags – all from reclaimed material. Each top is elegantly turned from solid hardwood maple and accompanied by a guide with a braided string. *Some refinement to the top design is being carried out. Aesthetically, there will be little, if any, change to the tops from what you see here. We’re making these to spin longer and faster than they currently do. Only 500 will be made. 5.0” in height, 2.5” in diameter. Suggested for children three years old and up.
Risks and challenges
We have this pretty well in the bag, and we've worked hard to minimize any hiccups. But there are some things that come along with the nature of what we do that could slow things up. We have yet to run into these, but we're mindful of the following things:
- Material shortages
- Labor shortages
- Bad weather
- Cost of fuel (think 'distribution')
- Nor'easters (seriously!)
- Wood gnomes and fairies
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