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Animated wood toys that engage a child's imagination with out overwhelming them
Animated wood toys that engage a child's imagination with out overwhelming them
118 backers pledged $7,189 to help bring this project to life.

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         I have succeeded in getting six of my designs past the rigorous child testing process (my goal for last year's Kickstarter campaign)

          I'm now  launching this Kickstarter Campaign to raise enough to buy a small sawmill and a kiln for drying wood for the toys that I make. 

          I'm trying to make my business more and more sustainable, so sawing trees from my property and drying the boards here in my shop will eliminate a lot of driving around from sawmill to kiln and then back and forth again when the wood is dry. 

          It will also enable me to use my own forest efficiently and have full control of the logging process to ensure sustainable forestry practices. 

          I set my goal at $2,000 in hopes that I would succeed but I really need $3,200 to purchase the saw mill and kiln that I have found (used), And another $1500 to put up a shed to house them, so please don't stop your support if I reach my goal.

Reward #1- Sally the Saucy Seal

Reward #2- Bruce the Pushy Bulldozer

 

Reward #3 Hildegard the Hungry Hippo

 Reward #4- Gary the Grumpy Gator

 

 Reward #5- Ferdinand the Friendly Frog

 Reward #9- Sheila the Shredding Shark

Reward # 11- Vlad the Vulgar Vulture

 Animal Swings ( No more Moose or Horses but I still have Wolves and Big Horn Sheep-Rams) 

Reward #14- The Ram Swing

Reward #15 The Wolf Swing

 

 

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All of these rewards are already packaged up and ready to ship. They will definitely arrive well before Christmas and can be shipped anywhere in the U.S that you would like!!

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    Sally the Saucy Seal

    Sally saunters along with a pleasant ambling gait as if she is rather important but really has nothing to do but be seen. She has off-set wheels that give her the pleasing waddle while the flippers spin with the wheels.

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    Bruce the Pushy Bulldozer

    Bruce is the only non-animal in the bunch, but he has quite a winning personality, none the less. His blade being attached to the rear wheels makes it move forward and back as if to insist on getting some work done.

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    Hildegard the Hungry Hippo

    Hildegard always seems to be eating. She just rolls along making herself heard with a resounding "chomp" as the dowels inside the front wheels lift and drop the perennially hungry mouth. She finds herself equally at home on a "grown-up's" coffee table or a child's floor

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    Gary the Grumpy Gator

    Gary seems a bit out of sorts and is clearly more interested in eating other creatures than making friends. The dowels inside the front wheels lift the mouth and let it drop in a fierce manner. Definitely not a gentle fellow!

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    Ferdinand the Friendly Frog

    Ferdinand is a bit grumpy today but is generally quite friendly. He is a consummate leaper, seeming to actually leave the ground as he is pulled. His back wheels are off center giving him the hopping motion while the feet, being attached to the wheels, completes the picture

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    Kyle the Kicking Kangaroo

    Kyle obviously has somewhere else to be. The offset front axle with his huge legs attached gets him jumping off to who knows where, as he is pulled along.

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    Bucky the Busy Beaver

    Bucky seems to be concerned with his surroundings as he slaps his tail over and over to shew away intruders from his territory. A cam on the rear axle lifts his tail and then lets it drop with a little slapping sound!

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    Wallace the Waddling Walrus

    Wallace wanders along aimlessly, yawning his way down the beach. The cam on the axle lifts a drive dowel to open and close his tusked mouth, while the offset wheels produce his difficult waddling gait. It’s clearly a lot of weight to carry at any speed.

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    Sheila the Shredding Shark

    Sheila is the consummate bad guy (gal), wildly chomping anything and everything in sight, as the dowels inside the front wheels lift and drop the menacing teeth. She also boasts a lovely sculpted tail and convincing dorsal fin to complete the nasty picture.

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    Lawrence the Loco Lobster

    Lawrence is always itching for a fight. Snap, snap, snap is all he has to say as his claws are alternately lifted and dropped in a constant threatening manner, by the dowels inside the wheels.

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    Vlad the Vulgar Vulture

    Vlad is convincingly vulgar (in a comical way). His head pivots in and out menacingly by way of a cam and yoke mechanism, as his wings shrug, being pegged to the wheels (and the body sides with ingenious key hole slots). The finesse of this fellow really calls out for the hand of an "adult", although you might let your child play with him from time to time.

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    Timothy the Timid Turtle

    Timothy has a calm gentle presence. His head and tail bob smoothly in and out as he is pulled along

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    Ram Animal Swing

    These animal swings are so pleasing to ride on that I would see children riding the swing in front of my toy store at all hours of the day (and night). They are made entirely of Black Locust to last indefinitely out in the weather and are meant to be hung on a porch, in a basement or from a tree. They do need to be assembled (simply with screws) but they come with rope and hardware and very clear instructions for assembly and hanging.

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    Horse Animal Swing

    These animal swings are so pleasing to ride on that I would see children riding the swing in front of my toy store at all hours of the day (and night). They are made entirely of Black Locust to last indefinitely out in the weather and are meant to be hung on a porch, in a basement or from a tree. They do need to be assembled (simply with screws) but they come with rope and hardware and very clear instructions for assembly and hanging.

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    Wolf Animal Swing

    These animal swings are so pleasing to ride on that I would see children riding the swing in front of my toy store at all hours of the day (and night). They are made entirely of Black Locust to last indefinitely out in the weather and are meant to be hung on a porch, in a basement or from a tree. They do need to be assembled (simply with screws) but they come with rope and hardware and very clear instructions for assembly and hanging.

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    Horse Animal Swing

    These animal swings are so pleasing to ride on that I would see children riding the swing in front of my toy store at all hours of the day (and night). They are made entirely of Black Locust to last indefinitely out in the weather and are meant to be hung on a porch, in a basement or from a tree. They do need to be assembled (simply with screws) but they come with rope and hardware and very clear instructions for assembly and hanging.

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    Two Howling Wolves

    These fellows have a very convincing Howl

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