We are Dave & Mel, husband & wife artisan toymakers from East Gippsland, Victoria. Since 2013 we have been creating a magical toy world of sustainable toys for the young and the young at heart.
Dave has been working with wood his whole life, learning alongside his father and grandfather, with many of the tools he uses each and every day having been past down to him. Professionally he has a trade background in metal work, manufacturing and production management. While I studied visual arts and then Steiner education, working in Steiner based early childhood for nearly 20 years.
With 6 children of our own, our first collaborations in toymaking began making toys and dollies for our own family. Originally our toys were tested within our home and then with playgroups and my own family daycare. We soon learnt what made a great toy!
We are based in beautiful East Gippsland in Victoria, snuggled between the great dividing range and Bass Strait. Surrounded by farms, native animals and by stories that grow from within the local landscape that inspire our toymaking. Most of our materials are sourced locally, including beautiful timbers, wool, beeswax and natural dyes.
Dave and I work full time together crafting our imaginative toys that we hope will become heirlooms for other families. We are thrilled to see our toys now being passed along through families to younger siblings. We look forward to eventually, like now within our own family, seeing our toys even being passed on to the next generation and our customers grandchildren.