A good wooden toy will last for generations. That’s why we say our toys are heirloom-quality – they’ll still be there for your grandchildren and great-grandchildren. But for these great toys to become loveable antiques, they’re going to need a bit of care and love. In this post we’ll talk about how to clean, protect, store, and otherwise take care of any quality wooden toy so that it will stand the test of time
The inspiration behind Jenh Toys was our desire for our little ones to have real toys – good quality toys that aren’t made of cheap, toxic, environmentally-unsound plastic. So when we started making them ourselves, one of the things we realized is that we needed to find wood that was harvested in a way that is respectful to the planet. So we set up a few guidelines about our wood: the harvesting methods must be respectful to the forest and the trees cut down must be replaced. Or it could be recycled or reclaimed wood which would otherwise be left to rot or thrown into the landfill.
We use a lot of different woods, so this post won’t cover them all. But you’ll be able to see where we get our wood and different characteristics of each type.
Beeswax polish not only works really well, but it also has many, many uses. We purchased our first jar about a year and a half ago and used it on so many things besides toys – wooden bowls, kitchen utensils, even some small wooden items throughout the house.
When the jar went empty, we figured we’d make the next batch ourselves. We bought the same ingredients that had been used in the jar we bought – mineral oil and beeswax. Then we found out that mineral oil is a petroleum by-product – certainly not something we consider to be a natural ingredient.