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WHO Eric Swanson of Calf Pasture Woodworks.

WHAT Barnyard-themed wooden toys, including figures of sheep, horses and farmers.

WHERE Swanson works from a studio on his 5-acre farm in Matunuck surrounded by sheep, pigs, cows and other animals.

HOW Each toy is made one at a time, by hand, using native woods such as maple, pine and oak and antique tools including a 150-year-old lathe.

WHY A longtime woodworker, Swanson began making toys for his kids, now ages 9, 11 and 15, a few years ago as a hobby. “The toys are wholesome and evocative of a simpler time, a more sustainable time, “ said Swanson, who holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rhode Island School of Design. He uses no toxic finishes on the figures, most of which range in price…

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  • Born on May 5
  • Joined November 16, 2010

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Native New England Hardwoods and other natural materials such as leather, linen and sheepskin

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About

WHO Eric Swanson of Calf Pasture Woodworks.

WHAT Barnyard-themed wooden toys, including figures of sheep, horses and farmers.

WHERE Swanson works from a studio on his 5-acre farm in Matunuck surrounded by sheep, pigs, cows and other animals.

HOW Each toy is made one at a time, by hand, using native woods such as maple, pine and oak and antique tools including a 150-year-old lathe.

WHY A longtime woodworker, Swanson began making toys for his kids, now ages 9, 11 and 15, a few years ago as a hobby. “The toys are wholesome and evocative of a simpler time, a more sustainable time, “ said Swanson, who holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rhode Island School of Design. He uses no toxic finishes on the figures, most of which range in price from $12 to $20.

Calf Pasture Woodworks toys are available for order online at calfpasturetoys.com. Swanson also frequently sells at the Coastal Growers Market, Saturday mornings 10-1 at Lafayette Mill in North Kingstown, RI and will be at the RISD Alumni Holiday Sale Dec. 3 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

by Jenna Pelletier, Providence Journal Company

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