About

Hi, I'm Sean Kriletich, and I'm asking for your help bringing Bee Inspired Toys to life.

I've been a beekeeper since I was 9 years old and been the owner operator of Paloma Pollinators, a permaculture farm, commercial apiary and wood-shop, for the last 15 years. 

We started making wooden toys to support our stewardship of honeybees and the forested California watershed we inhabit. 

Bee Hives in the Forested Watershed
Bee Hives in the Forested Watershed

Our deluxe Bee Truck is a hit on the local market, but we wanted something special for our launch on Kickstarter.

So I invented the “Bee Roamer,” a bee camper truck that will go anywhere your imagination allows while carrying your cargo stash in secrecy.

Bee Roamer - Camper Truck/Stash Box
Bee Roamer - Camper Truck/Stash Box
Bee Roamer Exploded View
Bee Roamer Exploded View

 So how do we produce these toys? We start with forest stewardship, restoring land after intense fire and cleaning up hazardous and overgrown trees. This forest work not only improves the watershed and reduces the risk of catastrophic wildfire, it also produces some beautiful pieces of wood.

Forest stewardship - cleaning up hazardous trees after intense fire
Forest stewardship - cleaning up hazardous trees after intense fire
Mesa's Beautiful Oak Wood
Mesa's Beautiful Oak Wood

In our solar powered wood-shop we turn these beautiful woods into simple toys that inspire all ages.

Solar Powered Wood-shop
Solar Powered Wood-shop

To preserve the unique beauty of the wood and stick to our ethos of creating non-toxic toys from local products, we finish the toys with beeswax and California olive oil.

Here, on Kickstarter, we are asking for your backing of the vital work of watershed and honeybee stewardship. 

As a reward, we are offering a handmade, Kickstarter exclusive, limited edition Bee Roamer.

With your support of $100 or more, we will produce this toy camper truck that doubles as a secret box and have it in your hands before Christmas, 2018.

You won’t just be getting a beautiful, limited edition Bee Roamer, you will also be supporting our work of watershed and honeybee stewardship.

Thank you

 REWARDS:

$20 - the Bee Racer

Bee Racer
Bee Racer
Bee Racer -bottom view
Bee Racer -bottom view

As a reward for backers of $20 or more we are offering our popular Bee Racer.  It sports a sleek Ponderosa pine body that is molded to the driving hand.  The Bee Racer is a nearly indestructible toy inspiring untold imaginative fun. 

The Paloma Pollinators logo is branded to the underside.  

Finished with California Olive Oil and Beeswax.

Dimensions: 7" long, 3.75" wide, 2.5" tall = 18 cm long, 9.5 cm wide, 6.5 cm tall

$25 - The Bumblebee

The Bumblebee
The Bumblebee

 The "Bumblebee" is the latest design here at Bee Inspired Toys.. a super cute little red sedan!

Single piece giant sequoia body.

Dimensions: 6.25" long, 2.75" wide, 3" tall = 16 cm long, 7 cm wide, 7.5 cm tall

The Bumblebee - Undercarriage View
The Bumblebee - Undercarriage View

 $100 - Kickstarter Exclusive Bee Roamer - Limited Edition

Bee Roamer - exploded view
Bee Roamer - exploded view
Bee Roamer
Bee Roamer

As a reward for backers of $100 or more, we are offering the Bee Roamer.  

The Bee Roamer is a handmade camper truck that doubles as a secret stash box.  Beautiful Ponderosa Pine, Giant Sequoia and Cedar make up this toy truck/box.  

Finished with California Olive Oil and Beeswax.

Dimensions: 9" long, 3.25" wide, 7" tall = 23 cm long, 9 cm wide, 18 cm tall

Inside Box Dimensions: 3" long, 1.75" wide, 2" deep = 8 cm long, 4.5 cm wide, 5 cm deep

This is a limited edition of just 100 Bee Roamers and they are exclusively available here on Kickstarter.  

Bee Roamer in the California Wildflowers
Bee Roamer in the California Wildflowers

We need a minimum of $2500 to produce these Bee Inspired Toys and have them in your hands before Christmas.  

Risks and challenges

If a critical machine breaks and requires lengthy repairs, we could be delayed in producing the rewards for this project.

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    Bee Racer

    Crafted as a solar powered racer, this little car fits perfectly under the palm for endless fun.

    Single piece ponderosa pine body.

    Dimensions: 7" long, 3.75" wide, 2.5" tall = 18 cm long, 9.5 cm wide, 6.5 cm tall

    All lumber used in our toys is harvested by Paloma Pollinators from dead and severely overgrown trees.  We then mill the wood into workable lumber and set aside the most solid and interesting pieces to make our toys and pollinator hotels.  Finally we handcraft our toys in our 100% off-grid solar powered wood-shop.

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    Bee Racer - Local Pickup Only

    Choose this reward only if you live in or around Amador/Calaveras counties and would like to pick up your reward instead of paying to have it mailed to you.

    Crafted as a solar powered racer, this little car fits perfectly under the palm for endless fun.

    Single piece ponderosa pine body.

    Dimensions: 7" long, 3.75" wide, 2.5" tall = 18 cm long, 9.5 cm wide, 6.5 cm tall

    All lumber used in our toys is harvested by Paloma Pollinators from dead and severely overgrown trees.  We then mill the wood into workable lumber and set aside the most solid and interesting pieces to make our toys and pollinator hotels.  Finally we handcraft our toys in our 100% off-grid solar powered wood-shop.

    Backing this project improves forest health and clean water availability in California while reducing the risk of catastrophic forest fires.  

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    The Bumblebee

    The "Bumblebee" is the latest design here at Bee Inspired Toys.. a super cute little red sedan!

    Single piece giant sequoia body.

    Dimensions: 6.25" long, 2.75" wide, 3" tall = 16 cm long, 7 cm wide, 7.5 cm tall

    All lumber used in our toys is harvested by Paloma Pollinators from dead and severely overgrown trees.  We then mill the wood into workable lumber and set aside the most solid and interesting pieces to make our toys and pollinator hotels.  Finally we handcraft our toys in our 100% off-grid solar powered wood-shop.

    Backing this project improves forest health and clean water availability in California while reducing the risk of catastrophic forest fires.  

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    The Bumblebee - Local Pickup Only

    The "Bumblebee" is the latest design here at Bee Inspired Toys.. a super cute little red sedan!

    Single piece giant sequoia body.

    Dimensions: 6.25" long, 2.75" wide, 3" tall = 16 cm long, 7 cm wide, 7.5 cm tall

    All lumber used in our toys is harvested by Paloma Pollinators from dead and severely overgrown trees.  We then mill the wood into workable lumber and set aside the most solid and interesting pieces to make our toys and pollinator hotels.  Finally we handcraft our toys in our 100% off-grid solar powered wood-shop.

    Backing this project improves forest health and clean water availability in California while reducing the risk of catastrophic forest fires.  

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    Bee Roamer - Toy Camper Truck/Secret Box

    This is a limited edition exclusively for Kickstarter. We will only ever make 100 "Bee Roamers". The "Bee Roamer" is a camper truck that will go anywhere your imagination desires. Inside the camper is a 'secret' box. The body of the truck is made from Ponderosa Pine, the camper, chimney and bumpers are Giant Sequoia, the top is Incense Cedar. Each "Bee Roamer" is a unique, handmade toy/stash box. The "Bee Roamer" comes with 2 of our hexagonal "Bee Blocks."

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    Bee Roamer - Local Pickup Only

    Select this reward if you live in or around Calaveras/Amador Counties, California and would like to pick up your Bee Roamer when it is ready instead of paying for shipping. This is a limited edition exclusively for Kickstarter. We will only ever make 100 "Bee Roamers". The "Bee Roamer" is a camper truck that will go anywhere your imagination desires. Inside the camper is a 'secret' box. The body of the truck is made from Ponderosa Pine, the camper, chimney and bumpers are Giant Sequoia, the top is Incense Cedar. Each "Bee Roamer" is a unique, handmade toy/stash box. The "Bee Roamer" comes with 2 of our hexagonal "Bee Blocks."

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