About Miss Molly's
Meet the Makers
Hello we are Mel & Dave, toymakers from beautiful East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.
Miss Molly's began in 2012 when I was at home with my small children. I had a background in visual arts and Waldorf early childhood and started a small part time business handcrafting cloth dolls from our family dining room table. One day I asked my husband Dave if he would like to make a little chair for my dolls and from there everything snowballed.
Its no wonder Dave is gifted in woodworking, being taught by his grandfather and father, with many of the tools he still uses today being past down to him. While his day job is in the metal industry, he’s been working with wood for over 40 years.
Our wooden toymaking is a collaboration of our unique skill sets; Dave's stunning woodworking and my love of painting, colour and imaginings that have come from many years working in early childhood.
Miss Molly's Toys
We began with just a handful of designs; some peg dollies, a car, a truck and some baby rattles. Today Miss Molly’s Toys has grown into an extensive range of toys & peg dolls, with nearly 150 designs & growing.
We work from our workshop and studio in East Gippsland in Victoria. While our toy making is inspired by classic wooden toys that children have been playing with for generations, living in the country has definitely helped to shape an Aussie feel to our toys. The farms, forests and seaside near our home offer countless stories and ideas.
The timbers used in our wooden toys include; certified sustainable Australian forestry products, recycled Australian hardwoods and a small selection of timbers we directly collect, forage and process ourselves. We are very aware of only using timbers that are eco-friendly while also choosing the most beautiful of Australian hardwoods. We primarily use Australian pine, Victorian ash, river red gum and walnut, all low toxic timbers and locally sourced.
Imported timbers are often fumigated with pesticides and fungicides, by choosing sustainably sourced Australian timbers, not only do we have simply the most beautiful timbers, but also a very safe, chemical free product which is ideal for children's toys.
Every wooden toy is double sanded. This extra step is what makes our toys so lovely to touch and play with, its the time we spend getting each toy silky smooth that we pride ourselves in. All of our wooden toys are made with certified non-toxic paints, glues and sealers and meet with the Australian standards for toy safety.