Candie Locklin on Mar 24, 2017
I am so happy with how these blocks turned out. Everyone needs these little blocks and this is the best price found on Etsy, so that's a bonus, too!
Christine Torosian on Mar 24, 2017
grow, learn, and imagine with timeless heirloom toys!
Not long ago we returned to the U.S. after living in West Africa for two years serving as Peace Corps Volunteers. It was exhilarating, challenging, and life-altering. Surrounded again by the modern luxuries of life in America, we looked at one another and said "Now what?"
Justin’s always been passionate about crafting wood, and Kathleen’s been in love with all things handmade for as long as she can remember. Add parenthood to the mix, and the epiphany came almost immediately: creating handmade wooden toys is what we were meant to do. And so it began.
Most mornings start at 6:00am. We get a few hours of shop time and computer work in before the little ones awake. Then it's good morning kisses, a hearty family breakfast, and planning the rest of the day.
“Did you see that note about rushing the personalized block order to ship tomorrow?”
“Yep, I'm on it. Do you want me to be on Daddy duty after nap time? That way you can work on your to-do list.” And so on...
The woodshop hums all day long with the happy sounds of toy making, reggae music, and laughing little ones. Our home office is the scene of quick ins-and-outs as we reply to emails, prep orders for shipping, and jot down those eureka! moments when new design ideas pop into mind. In between all of that we’re playing hide-and-seek, reading books, and chasing after the little ones chasing after the kitties.
Smiling Tree isn’t just a family business; it’s a defining part of our family. We keep the personal, the passionate, and the eco-handmade touch in every aspect of Smiling Tree. From sustainably harvested American hardwoods, to our homegrown organic camelina oil/beeswax finish, to natural cotton drawstring bags made-in-the-USA, we ensure every aspect of Smiling Tree is respectful of and gentle on mother earth. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
We believe that when people are kind, honest, hard-working, respectful of mother earth, and doing something they love, then great things can happen. Life is great for us, indeed.
Is it hard at times? Sure. But is it worth it? Absolutely.
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Owner, Maker, Wood Crafter Extraordinaire
Makes it all happen in our home-based woodshop, and still carves out time for daily family dinners and play time. Loves his ten step "commute" to work + skiing + dill pickles.
Owner, Maker, The Glue
Keeps it all together and running smoothly (most of the time). Thrives on the wonderful chaos that comes with being a work-from-home mom. Loves sewing + dark chocolate.
A + M + T
Resident toy testers, great at reminding us when it's time to take a break. Love reading + homemade applesauce + their dog Murphy.
Design + Marketing, Super Mom
A true creative! Helps with product design and marketing. Makes our brand shine. Loves indie music + shoes + jeans.
Order Fulfillment, Ms. Organization
Personalizes toys, ships orders, and keeps us insanely organized! Mama to two sweet girls.
Woodworker, Talented Chef
Expert toy maker and our go-to man in the woodshop. Makes a killer homemade split-pea soup.
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- To communicate with you about your order
- To fulfill your order
Frequently asked questions
Gift wrapping and packaging
All items come in either cotton drawstring bags or clear poly bags. We are happy to include a handwritten gift note with your order. We do not offer gift wrapping.
Custom and personalized orders
If you want to revise the personalization details on an item you just purchased, contact us ASAP. We can only revise the personalization details if we have not already engraved the item.
All items come with a tag that includes simple care-for instructions.
Teethers: wipe with warm, soapy water. Let dry and hand sand using a fine grit sandpaper or dry kitchen sponge.
All other toys: wipe with warm, soapy water. Let dry. Hand sand using fine grit sandpaper or dry kitchen sponge if needed. Apply an organic food-grade oil to restore wood's original sheen.
Our teethers are available at wholesale pricing. Contact us at email@example.com.
Sending as a gift
We are happy to ship directly to the recipient. Enter the recipient's name and address in the "shipping address" section. We never include printed receipts in packages, so the recipient will not see any pricing info. If you'd like us to include a short, handwritten gift message, enter that in the "Notes" box at checkout.