Wood: Characteristics and Sustainability

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.


cherryCherry is a hard wood and is very durable. To top it off, it’s got a beautiful grain that’s enhanced by wood polish. We make the Cherry Kitty Push Toy and all the cars in the Cherry Tree Village family of toys from cherry.


Poplar is an easy wood to work with, which makes it ideal for the tight curves and corners on all of the Happy On the Farm animals.


Maple is a very tough and durable wood. Young saplings regenerate the maple population naturally. Our teethers are made from maple and sanded smooth as can be.

Other woods

We also use some upcycled woods, but that’s another post for another day.

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