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Letting China keep its 'Lincoln Logs'

Posted By Roger Simmermaker On 11/08/2010 @ 6:06 pm In Commentary | Comments Disabled

There have been true American craftsmen all the way back to the founding of this nation, and their pride in making things in America embodies native qualities such as independence, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency.

Among those craftsmen have been individuals who make toys for the joy of children.

So when father and master cabinetmaker Chris Heston found out Lincoln Logs were made in China, he made his son an heirloom quality set and his company Timberworks Toys was begun.

Timberworks Toys provides a line of hard maple wooden toys based on an old-fashioned wooden toy idea – with a new and inventive twist. They provide a unique combination of wood, wheels, and widgets – allowing for the creation of bridges, and multi-storied structures. The sets are so versatile – much more so than Lincoln Logs – that they can be used to build even cars and airplanes. There is truly nothing else like it to be found in the American market, which I think you’ll agree offers an overwhelming array of choices in the toy category.

At Timberworks Toys, you’ll discover you can choose from among a variety of toy sets in order to meet your child’s interest and to match the creativity drive in your child.

Mid-Missouri based Timberworks Toys offers several pictures of their various toy sets, which include their “beautiful building blocks” set, house/bridge set, wheeled set, intermediate set, and king set. The pictures you’ll see on the website are only a sampling of what can be built with these high-quality wooden toys made in the USA. There are even videos accessible from the website which show how to build popular creations like houses, bridges, and cars.

Working with Timberworks Toys releases a dynamic that tends to inspire beyond typical “father-son time,” for example, because both father and son will be inspired to work together to explore creative ways to build things together, and that’s great for any father-son or parent-child relationship.

You can expect many years of enjoyment of these all-natural wooden toy building sets. They are also incredibly durable. I know because I ordered a set for my nephews, and it was great to see their creative character come alive when they were playing with these toys. There is much that can be created with simple things like the wood, wheels, and widgets that make up the different sets of Timberworks Toys.

Seeing the quality and durability of these toys, it’s no surprise that Timberworks Toys recently won the gold Parent’s Choice award, which you can read at the Parents’ Choice website.

Parent’s Choice has been offering children’s media and toy reviews since 1978.

Owner Chris Heston doesn’t sell other people’s stuff on his Timberworks Toys website. Working at the cabinet shop he’s owned for 15 years, he takes pride in making his own quality products. And unlike his cabinet-making competition down the street where parts and materials are imported, he uses American-made components from American suppliers which in itself helps support hundreds of American jobs.

Even the Timberworks Toys signature duffel bags used to house and carry the toy sets are made in America. The textile manufacturing company that makes Timberworks Toys’ signature duffel bags was bought out by a foreign manufacturer and was eventually saved by local townspeople and investors. The patriotic efforts of a few people brought the company back to save as many jobs as they could in their historic 50-year-old warehouse.

In addition, the hardwood used to produce the timbers is harvested and managed by a small family owned sawmill that emphasizes and practices personal stewardship of local trees. Put simply, Timberworks Toys embodies a true, creative, and entrepreneurial small business spirit that is incredibly impressive given the state of our current economy.

All Timberworks Toy components are manufactured in the United States including solid hard maple, hard maple plywood, aluminum extrusion axles, plastic blow-molded wheels, and hook & loop Ts – all of which are beautiful, durable, child-friendly materials.

To me, it is especially impressive that even the molded wheels are made in America. It seems every time I see anything made in America that offers wheels as an accessory, the wheels are always made in China. Not with Timberworks Toys!

You can order any set from Timberworks Toys right over the website like I did or you can find them in various specialty toy stores throughout the country. But, if you order through the Timberworks Toys website, there is a special offer for my readers, who can get free shipping on any order. Just enter “BUYAMERICAN” in all capital letters as a coupon code during checkout.

I would strongly urge any parent with young children to check out Timberworks Toys for the best American-made alternative to Chinese-made Lincoln Logs.


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