Timberworks Toys – High Quality Wood Toy Building Blocks

We recently had the opportunity to visit the Timberworks Toys office and manufacturing location in Columbia, Missouri. While vacationing in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, we took a day trip to meet Chris Heston and tour the Timberworks Toy factory. Chris is a master cabinetmaker and at the suggestion of his wife took the idea of the traditional wooden, Lincoln Log style toys and came up with an unique new dimension on the old favorite as a toy for his son. The logs are notched so they interlock, but that is where the similarity ends. Timberworks logs are made of hard maple and the set also includes flat panels, triangles, and widgets, or “donuts” as Chris called them. These widgets fit over the ends of the logs to provide stability and strength to your child’s construction project. Also included in the larger sets are sturdy plastic wheels that enable the child to make cars and planes and anything else they can imagine. All this comes in a bright red duffle bag to store the blocks when not in use.

But this description cannot totally give you the true picture of the toy. The logs are solid; the wood is smooth and has a quality that you can truly feel when you touch the pieces. The shipping weight of the product ranges from 15 pounds for the smaller set to 35 pounds for the King Set which gives you some idea of the sturdiness of the logs. One thing I noticed while we were in the office talking to Chris was that the supports for the countertop holding their computers, printers and other office equipment were made from the logs. These are serious building blocks!

We also toured the production area. Some of the machines were designed specifically by Chris for the first stages of the production. These pieces of precision equipment can make exacting cuts to replicate the logs to keep the pieces consistent so they will always fit together no matter which production batch they came from.

As impressive as the toy is, Chris’ passion for the blocks is also infectious. As I said, he is a master cabinetmaker with twenty years of experience. He has thought this product out with the child in mind. How to make it safe, how the pieces fit so the child will be able to use it without difficulty, the educational value and just plain fun value. His slogan, which is printed on every box, is “made by a father for his son.”

He also is totally committed to this heirloom quality toy to be totally made in the USA. He employs area workers, gets his lumber from suppliers in the US, and even the duffle bag is made in his home state of Missouri. Even when large furniture companies like the one in our home town has closed it’s doors and put so many people on the unemployment lines, this new company is producing a quality product, providing people with jobs. And this Made in America philosophy is not just for the toy business, this is the way Chris looks all aspects of his way of life.

So whether you are looking for a great product to spark your grandchild’s imagination, whether you are a parent who home schools, looking for educational, fun toys for your children, a classroom teacher looking for something special for your students, or just a mom or dad looking for something to share some quality time with your child, like Chris, Timberworks Toys wood toy building blocks will more than fill your needs.

On a side note, soon after our visit we found out that Timberworks Toys received the Parent’s Choice Gold award for Fall of 2010. I doubt it will be their last award. It’s such a great product.

Customized Toy Boxes, More Than Just A Toy Box For Kids

Toys are some of the items you find in almost every home with kids. They are a kid’s favorite play tool that makes them happy and occupied most of the time. When you come across kids playing with their toys, you would notice some form of joy and happiness on their faces. All kids have their likeness for toys and if you give them their personalized toy box, that would even steer up the happiness in them the more. These toy boxes are customized to various designs and shapes. They give kids much fun but getting customized toy boxes for them provides more than just fun. These toy boxes teach the kids how to keep things in order. Seeing them keeping their toys repeated in their boxes would teach them how to arrange their own belongings and also locate their toys quickly whenever they need them.

Toy boxes are creatively crafted in a way that they go hand in hand both in style and beauty with the product that is inside them. They can be customized with diverse designs, shape and sizes, according to your requirements. We all know that the printing on these boxes says a lot about what is inside of it. For businesses that are into toy making or individuals, you should ensure the printing on your toy boxes are attractive. This printing can be amplified and also enhanced with special printing techniques that will make the box not just attractive but also alluring for onlookers. This is why you should get a professional printing company that has the capacity and technical know-how to provide such services.

Kid’s toy boxes that have their favorite Walt Disney’s characters imprinted on them make playtime more fun for the kids. The design of the box is what attracts these kids to make request for the product. They get the chance to make request sometimes because they are the ones that will make use of the item. So if you are a toy manufacturer, you can use these customized toy boxes to endorse your products. It is true that children get enticed by flamboyant colors and images, so getting your boxes printed with flashy colors, plays a very important role in getting popularity to a particular toy. The personalized toy boxes can also be presented as gifts on special occasions like birthdays and Christmas.

You can add a tint of creativity to your boxes or come up with a specific design that will make your product more inviting. Whether you want huge sized toy boxes or even a smaller one; ensure that you add playful images and catchy fonts to make them affable for the kids. The boxes are very useful, they can also be utilized for storing crayons and other accessories, along with the toys too. If your little ones are fond of stuff toys, you should get a sturdy box for helping them securing their stuffs. For toy manufacturers that wants to sell their brands with speed, it is important for them to get the right design for their boxes used for packaging their toys. This will help them compete favorably in the market.

Personalised Mugs – An Effective Business Promotional Item


Everybody tries to find a gift that is unique as well as reasonably priced. Many a times, our chosen gifts may be too expensive to fit into our budget. So, what do we do? Well, you must have heard of personalised mugs. A personalized mug makes for an ideal gift that is unique and economical. You can choose a particular kind of mug from the collection of mugs available with the vendor and get your brand name printed on it. Depending upon your budget, you can also choose a high quality material like steel or you can go in for china mugs that are comparatively economical and get these mugs made to order.

Personalised mugs for promotion

A personalized mug that has your company’s logo or brand name printed on it would not only add a personal touch to your gift but will also help in promotion of your business. Promotional mugs are the best way through which you can advertise your products and services. In most of the cases your Personalised mugs will be used by your customers at home or in their office. There are great chances that your brand name will be noticed by many people whenever your client will use it to drink tea or coffee. These mugs will go a long way in providing you a lot of brand exposure.

Choose the right mug

If you have a wide client base, a lot of money will be required to take personalized gifts for all your clients. Therefore, it is necessary to choose right kind of personalised mugs for your clients. Various varieties of mugs are available in the local markets as well as online. The online stores provide a large variety of mugs to choose from. As the competition levels are very high in an online market, there are many online vendors who offer huge discounts on bulk orders. These stores also provide excellent packaging offers. Attractive packing always leaves a good impression on the receiver of the gift.

Shape and size of mugs

There are many online companies that not only provide promotional mugs but also provide you with innovative ideas to design your own personalized mugs. Printing your brand name or logo on the mug is just one way to promote your products and services. You can also experiment with the shape, size, and color of mugs in order to make your products popular. For instance, if you are into toys business, you can get these personalised mugs made in the shape of teddy bears or some other toy. You can use your creativity and make your promotional gifts an effective tool to make your clients happy and also advertise your brand name.