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Nov 30, 2011

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am an artist who resides in Portland, Oregon. For several years, my focus has been painting. A few years ago, my son needed a little chair to sit in, so I made him one from one of my used skateboards.  Shortly after that, I began Board Games to help support my “at home daddy” lifestyle. I’ve always worked creatively for or with children, so toy-making seemed like a natural progression. Because I love skateboarding and have trouble throwing things away, making toys from recycled skateboards made sense. I even use old grip tape as sandpaper.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I draw and paint, write songs and play drums in a rock band (as well as a “kindie” rock band). I skate whenever I can, but I mostly play with my 3-year-old son. Wait, all that stuff is pretty creative. I’m not sure what else I do.

What would be the title of your memoir? Why?
Keep It Simple. I tend to make things more complicated than they need to be because I secretly enjoy the challenge. However, no matter how complicated a task seems, it can always be broken down into simpler parts. I’m constantly reminding myself of that. It’s my internal loop.

Where does your inspiration come from?
I wish I knew; I would go there and swim in it. As it is, I collect drops of inspiration from just about anywhere. You know how dew settles on everything? I’m out there with a sponge.

What does handmade mean to you?
In college, I had a job drawing artifacts for archaeologists. Oftentimes I would see a person’s fingerprint in some 2000-year-old piece of pottery. It would blow me away every time, and I would put my finger in the same place as theirs had been. To me, handmade describes the connection you feel when observing something crafted by another human. Whether it’s a physical object or simply an experience, you recognize their unique mark. I don’t get that connection with mass-produced things.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
My son, Rocket.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I remember drawing a big picture of the Mayflower with tiny stick Pilgrims when I was in kindergarten. It was the first time I remember being proud of something I made.  I wish I could still draw like that.

How would you describe your creative process?
When you work with recycled materials, you do a lot of tinkering. It’s very frustrating but also a lot of fun.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Alexander Calder. That’s a man who never stopped playing.

 

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
I think some ideas need to ferment longer than others. If something is not working out, I’ll put it in a dark place for a while. Usually when I come back to it, I know right away if it’s worth pursuing.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
In a canoe on a lazy river.

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226 comments

  • ArtWhims

    ArtWhims said 9 years ago

    Very nice! I love the look of your upcycled creations! :O)

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 9 years ago

    oh my goodness, love the yoyo's and tops! very cool shop~

  • TheBakersDaughter

    TheBakersDaughter said 9 years ago

    I simply love your comment about the fingerprint!! Your shop and your philosophy is wonderful - congratulations on the feature, and have fun in the spotlight!!!

  • SweetandDandyVintage

    SweetandDandyVintage said 9 years ago

    What an awesome concept! Congrats on the feature!

  • anotherwear

    anotherwear said 9 years ago

    Fingerprint!

  • anotherwear

    anotherwear said 9 years ago

    Kids need handmade toys! Too much plastic crap made these days.

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 9 years ago

    ...I too LOVE seeing the fingerprint of artisans on ancient artifacts! It always sends a chill down my spine. Best wishes for continued success to a fellow Oregonian! Big thumbs up for recycling skateboards into such BEAUTIFUL works of art!

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    VoleedeMoineaux said 9 years ago

    OMG I want the Yo-yo!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

    Awesome classics!

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 9 years ago

    congratulations on being featured. I love the way old materials are recycled into those wonderful toys. Keep up the good work.

  • rebourne

    rebourne said 9 years ago

    Must. have. little. trucks. You sucked me in!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 9 years ago

    Fantastic shop! Congratulations on the feature!

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 9 years ago

    Impressive! Congratulations!

  • LimonBijoux

    LimonBijoux said 9 years ago

    great shop && congratulations on the feature!

  • shopCOLLECT

    shopCOLLECT said 9 years ago

    Love! The perfect gifts!

  • HomeStudio

    HomeStudio said 9 years ago

    These are Brilliant!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 9 years ago

    So awesome! I love tops and yours are simply beautiful.

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 9 years ago

    Amazing!!!

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 9 years ago

    Great work! Congrats on being featured.

  • traceydumont

    traceydumont said 9 years ago

    These are all so great! *love*

  • happygohandmade

    happygohandmade said 9 years ago

    Very cool. love the inspiration

  • AdoroMe

    AdoroMe said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! Hurray for reusing the reusable! Love the store!

  • Quiltedhearts5

    Quiltedhearts5 said 9 years ago

    Awesome!!!!!

  • BirdEnergy

    BirdEnergy said 9 years ago

    This is awesome....love that you are doing some recycling of goods.

  • VintageZen

    VintageZen said 9 years ago

    so awesome.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 9 years ago

    Love!!! Congrats on the FS!!!! =)

  • johnny7684

    johnny7684 said 9 years ago

    Love your son's name!!!

  • needlenerd

    needlenerd said 9 years ago

    love it! congrats on the feature!

  • JanePhillips

    JanePhillips said 9 years ago

    lovely bus, lovely upcycled creations :)

  • SASessories

    SASessories said 9 years ago

    great article!! i love skatboarding too... well i did until i crushed my right elbow on one... well thank goodness all that wire wrapping i do keeps any arthritis away! i am hoping to purchase some upcycled skate items for myself or gifts soon!!!

  • SpiceofLifeDesigns

    SpiceofLifeDesigns said 9 years ago

    Amazing!

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering said 9 years ago

    What a cool job! Keep up the great work!

  • INKhandcrafted

    INKhandcrafted said 9 years ago

    Inspiring!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    mattyhandmadecrafts said 9 years ago

    Just great!

  • stoastn

    stoastn said 9 years ago

    Love it - great feature, and I totally admire your work (as well as your motivation to make handmade). Well done, sir!

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn said 9 years ago

    You are an inspiration... great story & great shop!

  • peshka

    peshka said 9 years ago

    lovely toys!

  • virginiaclara

    virginiaclara said 9 years ago

    So Creative! I love your sponge analogy to the way you find inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

  • norajane

    norajane said 9 years ago

    LOVE this! Congratulations!

  • BlueRoseRetro

    BlueRoseRetro said 9 years ago

    My 2 year old nephew has one of your tops... I think I had more fun with it than he did :) Keep up the great work and congratulations on the feature!

  • Ainurcrochet

    Ainurcrochet said 9 years ago

    wooooowww !!!What a beautiful toys!! super naturel ....

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 9 years ago

    Congrats!

  • theaterclouds

    theaterclouds said 9 years ago

    Great interview and shop. What a nice picture of you and your son!

  • orchardfarmsoap

    orchardfarmsoap said 9 years ago

    i am always amazed at how inspiring being a parent is. what a great connection your kid will have with your growing business. congrats

  • knottysarena

    knottysarena said 9 years ago

    what great ideas! very cool.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    How sweet nice to see an Etsy Dude making it! Congratulations : )

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring story! Congratulations......your work is terrific!

  • awoolgatherer

    awoolgatherer said 9 years ago

    Very cool shop and inspiring article! Congrats!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!

  • StyleGraphicDesign

    StyleGraphicDesign said 9 years ago

    Love them! So creative thinking:)

  • junkyardglitter

    junkyardglitter said 9 years ago

    Oh wow!!! Cool dad city!! Congrats to you!

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 9 years ago

    Wonderful shop and interview Congrats

  • jillybeangreetings

    jillybeangreetings said 9 years ago

    Well, you and your sponge are very talented. :)

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 9 years ago

    My son Rocket, I love it : )

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 9 years ago

    Great shop and interview. Congrats to you!

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 9 years ago

    Great shop. Congrats on the feature!

  • whack

    whack said 9 years ago

    Argh! I should of named my son Rocket ;-) Great shop, congrats!

  • evarios

    evarios said 9 years ago

    Amazing!!!

  • handprintlady

    handprintlady said 9 years ago

    I LOVE your stuff!

  • RedFernVintage

    RedFernVintage said 9 years ago

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! I am so getting the little cars for our son.

  • StudioBotanica

    StudioBotanica said 9 years ago

    Wow, I love your imagination! Congrats!!

  • bstudio

    bstudio said 9 years ago

    Delightful items! Congrats on the feature!

  • lordy1987

    lordy1987 said 9 years ago

    THESE BOARD GAMES ARE NOT ONLY TOYS BUT ALSO THEY ARE THE ONE WHICH MAKES OUR KIDS TO GROW UP THEIR KNOWLEDGE..AND THESE BOARD GAMES ARE SO INTERESTING..THESE STUFFS HERE ARE REALLY GREAT FOR KIDS...!! WOULD SURELY BUY THESE FOR MY KIDS..!! THIS EVEN MAKES TO GO BACK TO MY SMALL AGE AND MAKES ME EAGER TO PLAY SUCH GAMES...REALLY AWESOME..!! THANKS ETSY.COM

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 9 years ago

    great concept. congrats

  • MissPattisAttic

    MissPattisAttic said 9 years ago

    Just loved reading this article about you! It is nice to see someone is enjoys playing and making neat things to play with. We just love the tops! Isn't Portland Oregon nice?

  • muffintopdesigns

    muffintopdesigns said 9 years ago

    i have loved your tops forever. and now i love them even more! thank you for sharing your story!!!! xoxoox

  • LissaLouDesigns

    LissaLouDesigns said 9 years ago

    Toys out of used skateboards.. Fascinating.

  • ElloPoppetBeauty

    ElloPoppetBeauty said 9 years ago

    The tops are wonderful!

  • challenevi

    challenevi said 9 years ago

    You seem like a really awesome guy and dad! Thank you for sharing your story with us. I have a three year old as well and I am surely going to get something cool from your shop.. =) I am happy to have been able to read your story..

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    Wonderful craftsmanship! Congrats!

  • leslieholz

    leslieholz said 9 years ago

    Wow - your toys are AMAZING and the craftsmanship looks fabulous! Great article!

  • jessamyjay

    jessamyjay said 9 years ago

    This is so genuine and real. Thanks for sharing your wonderful story!

  • vicro

    vicro said 9 years ago

    Great! I believe that you will come up with more and more innovative creations in the future!

  • BurashiArt

    BurashiArt said 9 years ago

    Congrats! Great recycle gig! Love your items in your shop...also congrats on all your sales!

  • BlissfullyRandom

    BlissfullyRandom said 9 years ago

    Very cool way to upcycle your boards into impressive little works of playful art!!! Congrats on the feature!

  • OliveSpoonStudio

    OliveSpoonStudio said 9 years ago

    Great shop! Love upcycling, and toys... just perfect! Congrats!

  • KawaiiBits

    KawaiiBits said 9 years ago

    These are so great to see again! Such memories here!

  • 925maille

    925maille said 9 years ago

    I loved this story! Great idea and great toys. Wishing you much success!

  • jewelsbymoon

    jewelsbymoon said 9 years ago

    Wow!...that is awesome. Good Luck!

  • theoldewoodstove

    theoldewoodstove said 9 years ago

    Awesome!!

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 9 years ago

    I thoroughly enjoyed this, and what great shop! Loved seeing a peek into the artist's studio, too. :)

  • staceypostus

    staceypostus said 9 years ago

    Love it - Hope you get your shop restocked soon! :)

  • Berlinroses

    Berlinroses said 9 years ago

    Wow Rocket is a lucky boy! And I think you are setting an Awesome example by living your life instinctively and following your bliss, They don't teach that in schools!!

  • thehouseofhemp

    thehouseofhemp said 9 years ago

    nice work! congrats. :)

  • babiesandbabes

    babiesandbabes said 9 years ago

    Beautiful well done!

  • claudine

    claudine said 9 years ago

    Your work is absolutely wonderful! Very creative and unique!

  • CarolAnnGarner

    CarolAnnGarner said 9 years ago

    As someone who has a pile of her son's old skateboards, this makes me so happy. I want to upcycle them, but in a way he can use them... your shop has inspired me to figure out how to do that!!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 9 years ago

    Great to see a stay-at-home Dad featured! But I have a question... just exactly WHO is having more fun in the top photo?

  • lucytaylordesigns

    lucytaylordesigns said 9 years ago

    So inspiring! Great featured seller :)

  • Earthwares79

    Earthwares79 said 9 years ago

    Gotta love stuff from my home state! You have a great creative edge...pardon the pun! :)

  • birdhouseaccents

    birdhouseaccents said 9 years ago

    Congrats

  • alvelo6

    alvelo6 said 9 years ago

    So creative! It is nice to see good fathers doing things for their kids!!!

  • BagNoir

    BagNoir said 9 years ago

    Adore ur toys!!! Congrats!!

  • minipotterybyanita

    minipotterybyanita said 9 years ago

    Easy to see you love what you do! Congrats!! Wood is a wonderful medium!...........(I used to work with it, too.)...............I'm really glad that I found clay to work with, too! ♥

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 9 years ago

    Beautiful! Love the layers of color! The chair you describe making sounds great. :)

  • pagepottery

    pagepottery said 9 years ago

    Wow! Love it! Wishing you the best :)

  • willowbaus

    willowbaus said 9 years ago

    ha! I was just drooling over your slingshots at TLE moments ago, and here you are! love your work!

  • peacesofindigo

    peacesofindigo said 9 years ago

    Awesome interview~ Congratulations!!!!

  • KarolinFelix

    KarolinFelix said 9 years ago

    I've discovered your shop a while ago.. and I love it! Great work!!!

  • SkinnyKnits

    SkinnyKnits said 9 years ago

    Congrats! Love your shop, keep up the great work!

  • downtownabbey

    downtownabbey said 9 years ago

    I really loved reading your story!

  • EggMoneyQuilts

    EggMoneyQuilts said 9 years ago

    Fascinating-love the board bus!

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures said 9 years ago

    Wow, one of my favorite interviews! Love the humbleness and honest simplicity of your answers. Totally cool shop, very creative. Congrats!

  • fancyfancyhandmade

    fancyfancyhandmade said 9 years ago

    What an enjoyable read! Keep up the great work.

  • Genlin

    Genlin said 9 years ago

    Very Nice! Unique!

  • vinskord

    vinskord said 9 years ago

    I love your shop!! Clever and cool!! Congrats on the feature!

  • LidiDesign

    LidiDesign said 9 years ago

    Love your stuff! Congrats on the feature! Best wishes!

  • thetootsiewootsie

    thetootsiewootsie said 9 years ago

    Super fun!! love your shop!!!!

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 9 years ago

    So cool!! What a fun shop! You are so creative! I love unique upcycled items! Congratulations!!!

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits said 9 years ago

    I absolutely love these! Such a wonderful idea. Congratulations on the feature and best of luck for continued success!

  • wonderboom

    wonderboom said 9 years ago

    So Awesome! a Total " Rad Dad "

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 9 years ago

    Great work!

  • theideaboxkids

    theideaboxkids said 9 years ago

    All of your items look so cool! Congrats on the feature...from Wilsonville :)

  • AJewelsQuest

    AJewelsQuest said 9 years ago

    Lovely! Congrats!

  • anthologyorganic

    anthologyorganic said 9 years ago

    this is so great and eco-friendly ! and so safe for everyone - from kids to the guys who make it. Thank you for helping parents get rid of plastic. Actually, I guess these toys wouldnt even bother anyone if scattered around the house, they look like cool decor pieces :)

  • JensJewellery

    JensJewellery said 9 years ago

    Wow are you sold out???!?!?!?? Congratulations on the story..

  • robertcoffin

    robertcoffin said 9 years ago

    Great work!

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts said 9 years ago

    fantastic! love your work!

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson said 9 years ago

    Great down-to-earth interview with lovely photographs! Wonderful shop and congratulations on the feature!

  • Poiriers

    Poiriers said 9 years ago

    Great story on how you got started! Kids have so much power! Love your work. Congratulations on being featured!

  • TheKraftRoom

    TheKraftRoom said 9 years ago

    Congratulations, great shop!

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDeneMoneuseJewelry said 9 years ago

    I love your outlook on things! You deserve a feature....and continued happiness with your son. What else is there? Lovely shop.

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 9 years ago

    Great story! I love how your business became a natural extension of your passion for taking care of your son's needs.

  • pajamasnpaintbrushes

    pajamasnpaintbrushes said 9 years ago

    Such great stuff!!!... I'm SO bummed that your shop is empty :( but I hope that's because you sold out already?

  • pamvanlonden

    pamvanlonden said 9 years ago

    Hurray for creative Oregonians. Perhaps my granddaughter needs some of your toys!

  • SimpleNatured

    SimpleNatured said 9 years ago

    Fantastic interview, congrats on the feature! What a great idea for old skateboards-you seem to have enough of them! ;) Love the layered look they produce in the tops! Amazing!

  • littlejumpingbeans

    littlejumpingbeans said 9 years ago

    loved reading this! amazing shop!

  • skullyglam

    skullyglam said 9 years ago

    Super great stuff! I have to go buy something. skullyglam.etsy.com

  • LaughRabbitJr

    LaughRabbitJr said 9 years ago

    Love this shop. That it all takes place in Portland Oregon makes total sense - LOVE Portland and the people there! Continued success!

  • Handamade

    Handamade said 9 years ago

    This is amazing. Congratulations on your featured seller. :) Happy sales!

  • Bananamoo

    Bananamoo said 9 years ago

    your items are sold out..congrats!!

  • xiangwuchen

    xiangwuchen said 9 years ago

    Amazing ! ! ! !

  • museglass

    museglass said 9 years ago

    congrats!! SOLD OUT!!!!

  • FlowersThatRock

    FlowersThatRock said 9 years ago

    How much are the yoyos? Great shop and congrats on the feature!

  • LoopySheep

    LoopySheep said 9 years ago

    amazingly beautiful. the sort of things that make me go "if i could only do THAT". Beautiful!

  • ReclaimedTrends

    ReclaimedTrends said 9 years ago

    Love, Love, Love it! Fantastic story and art!

  • BeaumontStudio

    BeaumontStudio said 9 years ago

    So this is where skateboards go when they die. . . ! Great post!

  • HolyLandSouvenirs

    HolyLandSouvenirs said 9 years ago

    Thant is just greate! so awsome!

  • BrandybuckClothiers

    BrandybuckClothiers said 9 years ago

    Great job with the interview. Congratulations on the feature

  • BeadoRama123

    BeadoRama123 said 9 years ago

    Love the feature! I agree about having to come back to something sometimes and cast a fresh eye over it!

  • bigbluebed

    bigbluebed said 9 years ago

    Lovely interview.

  • HeyChica

    HeyChica said 9 years ago

    Congrats, I think you need some elves!

  • JaspersRomance

    JaspersRomance said 9 years ago

    Fantastic! Congratulatons on being featured, great interview!

  • Gelada

    Gelada said 9 years ago

    Fantastic ideas (:

  • Gelada

    Gelada said 9 years ago

    Very nice work (:

  • Guchokipa

    Guchokipa said 9 years ago

    very cool shop. the tops look like the koma tops that kids here in japan spin at new year's. good luck with that canoe.

  • Balanced

    Balanced said 9 years ago

    would love to buy, but the shop is empty. :(

  • Liduvina

    Liduvina said 9 years ago

    cool shop!! All the success!

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 9 years ago

    great feature. you're amazing. alexander calder is one of my most influential artists too. so awesome. best wishes and congrats!

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops said 9 years ago

    Nice shop! Love the idea that you can stay home with your son to work.

  • oldsnapshot

    oldsnapshot said 9 years ago

    My shop is new, but I've been on Etsy for quite some time and I don't think I've ever seen a shop sold out. Congrats- hope your not too overwhelmed! I enjoyed your interview and think it's pretty cool to meet another sah. Beautiful craftsmanship!

  • oldsnapshot

    oldsnapshot said 9 years ago

    *you're

  • spetty

    spetty said 9 years ago

    I love your answer to the question, "What does handmade mean to you?" To think about a fingerprint from thousands of years ago-that's awe inspiring. That image will definitely stay with me. Thank you for sharing!

  • MapleShadeKids

    MapleShadeKids said 9 years ago

    Very interesting and cool. Thanks for sharing.

  • TrashyButClassy

    TrashyButClassy said 9 years ago

    great interview!

  • leatherExpressions

    leatherExpressions said 9 years ago

    How kool and creative. Congrats on being sold out. Sorry I was too late and missed out on a great item. :(

  • keiserdouglas

    keiserdouglas said 9 years ago

    Very Nice!! Go Rocket !!

  • FuchstBags

    FuchstBags said 9 years ago

    Cool name, Rocket! Congrats on the feature!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 9 years ago

    I love your work! You look happy in your work shop!

  • katieblairdesigns

    katieblairdesigns said 9 years ago

    What a fun feature. Congratulations!

  • VeraVague

    VeraVague said 9 years ago

    hmm... as of now there is no link to the shop and/or items for sale?

  • BeadSoupJewelry

    BeadSoupJewelry said 9 years ago

    Great interview and I love your shop!

  • driftforever

    driftforever said 9 years ago

    awesome! congrats!

  • RubyStudios

    RubyStudios said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the awesome article. Really enjoyed reading your story.

  • FancyPantsAndMore

    FancyPantsAndMore said 9 years ago

    Incredible work!!!

  • kayswanson

    kayswanson said 9 years ago

    So cool!

  • aiek

    aiek said 9 years ago

    ...sigh...so awesome. Congrats on your feature.

  • Decaldecor

    Decaldecor said 9 years ago

    Congrats on feature and GOOD LUCK!

  • taraleasmith

    taraleasmith said 9 years ago

    Congratulations, these toys are amazing!!

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects said 9 years ago

    So Great! I love your toys...natural materials are the most wonderful for children as they are breathing that energy of nature into them....thank you for making wonder for children!

  • mystichintime

    mystichintime said 9 years ago

    Genius use of pre loved boards :)

  • MissMaggiesPlace

    MissMaggiesPlace said 9 years ago

    This is so awesome. I'm doing the same thing except I make upcycled items for girls.

  • violintide

    violintide said 9 years ago

    Awesome shop! Congrats on the feature!

  • ByPearlElizabeth

    ByPearlElizabeth said 9 years ago

    Sweet! Your toys are great- I'm keeping your shop in mind for when my nephew gets a bit older.

  • beaderpal

    beaderpal said 9 years ago

    Congrats J on your wonderful Feature! It's been almost a month since my son & I have discovered your tops. They still Rock! We've been all playing with them on family game nights :D LilM still has a blast playing with them & loves to beat out his parents. Now on to your cool Yoyos ;D

  • MyTangledSkeins

    MyTangledSkeins said 9 years ago

    Awesome feature! I love seeing a Dad on here who has a serious passion for making his family & hobbies the center of his work. I think it couldn't be better timing with the Holidays around the corner as a reminder of simpler times & what it is all meant to be about....not all the ridiculous commercialization & the artificial crud that is out there. Great job! Very inspiring. :)

  • sevenply

    sevenply said 9 years ago

    holla! So happy to read this ..Congrats!!!

  • RegalCottage

    RegalCottage said 9 years ago

    I love the peak inside your workshop-real work gets done here!

  • AKLaser

    AKLaser said 9 years ago

    So clever!

  • just4theartofit

    just4theartofit said 9 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! You make some great stuff.

  • WestAstheCrowFlies

    WestAstheCrowFlies said 9 years ago

    A different approach interview. Congrats! I mean, all of the interviews are interesting and inspiring, but I like how you look at things, and word them ... i.e., dew drops of inspiration. Totally cool! You're on the right track!

  • blainedesign

    blainedesign said 9 years ago

    "Oftentimes I would see a person’s fingerprint in some 2000-year-old piece of pottery. It would blow me away every time, and I would put my finger in the same place as theirs had been... I don’t get that connection with mass-produced things." That's EXACTLY what handmade means to me, too. Great article!

  • elizabethkelly

    elizabethkelly said 9 years ago

    I really enjoyed your interview! And great advice about leaving some ideas to 'ferment' and then come back to them, it's often hard to see things with clarity when you work on them all day - I'm going to try this myself thanks!

  • sukran

    sukran said 9 years ago

    Great feature..

  • esmeraldadesigns

    esmeraldadesigns said 9 years ago

    awesome-totally!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 9 years ago

    How cool!!! My 12 year old who lives skateboarding is very excited after reading your interview. All the best to you!

  • jacknjilldesigns

    jacknjilldesigns said 9 years ago

    Love the interview and your work is wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  • SunshineSparrow

    SunshineSparrow said 9 years ago

    oh my gosh. those stack robots look like hours of fun! congrats on the feature! super awesome!!

  • nancynelsonjewelry

    nancynelsonjewelry said 9 years ago

    Cool stuff! Great job.

  • blueridgewoodworking

    blueridgewoodworking said 9 years ago

    Amazing interview! I love the way you told your story. My husband skated when he was younger and your workspace looks just like our does, a little bit of controlled chaos. Thanks for sharing with all of us. Congrats on being featured!

  • TiruZizi

    TiruZizi said 9 years ago

    I love this interview! Congrats for featuring and wonderful creations!

  • doodlegirldesigns

    doodlegirldesigns said 9 years ago

    yOUR sHOP iS pRETTy fANTASTIC, aS iS yOUR sTORY. i aM a LoVER oF aLL tHINGS sKATEBOARD aND tHIS iS mY nEW fAVORITE sHOP! nICE wORK..

  • hennyseashell

    hennyseashell said 9 years ago

    Love your interview! Thanks for sharing. I always admire people who can changed old things to something new! By the way, I didn't see any items in your shop. Already sold out ? :) Congrat!!

  • TheWoodenAttic

    TheWoodenAttic said 9 years ago

    Love your stuff and interview. Been a toy inventor for 20 years myself. Congrats and good luck to your future.

  • FunnyFarmToyBarn

    FunnyFarmToyBarn said 9 years ago

    I LOVE this interview! Great job! Congrats all around. Stay at home daddy. Don't hear about too many of those nowadays! Congrats!! :D

  • GoodAndOld

    GoodAndOld said 9 years ago

    Awesome!

  • monkeyminddesign09

    monkeyminddesign09 said 9 years ago

    Great interview... loved the bit about "Keep it simple". Congrats on the feature!

  • frogtoprince

    frogtoprince said 9 years ago

    Excellent article and keep up the fine creations. Good luck!

  • FunkyFriendsFactory

    FunkyFriendsFactory said 9 years ago

    Amazing story and Very inspiring!

  • BroccoliHouse

    BroccoliHouse said 9 years ago

    Great interview! CONGRATS!! =D

  • ktreasures

    ktreasures said 9 years ago

    Beautiful ways to recycling! Congratulations!!

  • DiaperCakeBoutique

    DiaperCakeBoutique said 9 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! Great shop!

  • wildfireatheart

    wildfireatheart said 9 years ago

    I love it all... great inspiration!

  • lovesimplelife

    lovesimplelife said 9 years ago

    love it!

  • lovesimplelife

    lovesimplelife said 9 years ago

    cool!

  • Gingermelon

    Gingermelon said 9 years ago

    Love your ideas and the simple, organic shapes of your creations! All the best to you and keep sponging Dude!

  • joonijewelry

    joonijewelry said 9 years ago

    It's so sweet that you kid spends time playing with your creation. "Keep it simple" indeed... it applies to me too..... Congrats!

  • divelegant

    divelegant said 9 years ago

    sweet

  • FieldsOfVintage

    FieldsOfVintage said 9 years ago

    great story! love your shop. much success to you.

  • MojoAkimbo

    MojoAkimbo said 9 years ago

    This is truly amazing and revolutionary...Good job on recycling and making a lot of kids...and grownups HAPPY! So very cool!

  • RawiSara

    RawiSara said 9 years ago

    wow Cute ^^

  • marcgounard

    marcgounard said 9 years ago

    Very nice toys, congratulation on the feature... keep on reclaiming stuff it is good for the earth!!

  • JillianReneDecor

    JillianReneDecor said 9 years ago

    Ok... the toys you make are the coolest! Congrats and rock on!

  • gemagenta

    gemagenta said 9 years ago

    Just meet your shop!, your work is fantastic, and I enjoyed your interview a lot. All the best for you, your family and your shop :D

  • Popups

    Popups said 9 years ago

    amazing! sure i will buy for my kids

  • Krist630

    Krist630 said 9 years ago

    I will admit I don't get a chance to read these featured seller stories but your story brought me amazing memories of my first Eric Koston and Jovonate Turner skateboards and I still have them, you have inspired me to make some cool art with it. Cool memories of being the only girl in my area that could do a switchfoot 360 kickflip!

  • chinamommy

    chinamommy said 9 years ago

    love your story and your art!! congratulations on being featured!!

  • helenbobelen

    helenbobelen said 9 years ago

    thanks for the smiles...

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 9 years ago

    Love your approach to living the simple life!!! We all need to do this. The spinning tops are my favorite!

  • BakersWoodshop

    BakersWoodshop said 9 years ago

    This is a great write up. I love that you use the old griptape for sandpaper!!!

  • boardgames

    boardgames said 9 years ago

    Wow! Thanks, guys! I think my head just exploded.

  • Melissababycreations

    Melissababycreations said 9 years ago

    I so love wooden toys! You have captured the essence of a dying art! Your work is wonderful!

  • PrincesaAnastasia

    PrincesaAnastasia said 9 years ago

    great, almost forgotten wooden toys....

  • summerfang

    Zhou Fang said 9 years ago

    Hi there, this is Summer from C3Events and I love your board game ideas ! Our Artist Vending is now open, please contact karin@c3events.com for more information ! Or simply jump to our website ! Thank you :D

  • cr8tive1971

    Tiffany Turner from Hype365Brand said 7 years ago

    Epic stuff.

  • BreadandBadger

    Amanda & Sean Siska from BreadandBadger said 7 years ago

    Yeah, Jason! Congrats of being the featured seller!! We've loved our top for years, and remember you from the Trillium Artisan days. You totally deserve it.

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