Artisan Montessori Toys Handmade from Recycled Wood

Halifax, United Kingdom | 92 Sales


Artisan Montessori Toys Handmade from Recycled Wood

Halifax, United Kingdom 92 Sales On Etsy since 2017

5 out of 5 stars

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Note from shop owner

Last updated on Sep 25, 2018

Thanks so much for visiting!

We’re taking a short break and will reopen soon.

We’ll see you then xoxo

Jo-Elle Byrne

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Jo-Elle Byrne


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Handmade and homemade with love...

Grandad's Wooden Toys is a local business started from the heart by a Grandma who saw the love her husband invested in the toys he made for his grandchildren. Grandad wanted to make special, personalised toys for his grandchildren and then others starting asking for them. Grandma saw the opportunity to share his amazing work with the masses, and Grandad's Wooden Toys was born.

GWT, as we're known for short, has since grown, using upcycled and recycled materials to create beautiful, unique and timeless wooden toys that can be handed down through generations. Handmade and homemade with love; we have stock available in our most popular items, in addition to providing quotes for bespoke creations and can be personalised to ensure a gift that will truly be treasured forever.

LEARNING AND PLAY - The Traditional Way

For us at GWT childhood should be about play; and play just happens to be the best possible way to learn and be successful! How awesome is that?! Our in-house test-playing team (The Grandchildren!) ensure design improvements are ongoing and our toys are therefore child-friendly.

We believe in the Montessori Method of learning! This is an approach to learning which emphasizes active learning, independence, cooperation, and learning in harmony with each child's unique pace of development. The Montessori Method is an approach to education which emphasizes individuality and independence in learning, which is where our toys come into their own. These basic lessons have inspired our collection and will continue to be the roots that ensure our toys will always be the best they can be.....


Most of our products are created from pre-loved wooden furniture, flooring and other throw-out goods. We pride ourselves on the values of upcycle, recycle and re-use, and will do so where we can.

Do you live in the Yorkshire region?

Do you have any items that are solid wood and would like to donate them to us for some TLC and a good ol' repurpose?

If so please contact us with a picture and brief description of the item. We will come back to you ASAP and arrange collection and a swap for a toy or gift from our best selling range.....

Can't find what you're looking for?
Let's Inspire You!

Here at GWT we have the ability to provide bespoke, personalised creations that are truly yours in every sense of the word. Not only can the majority of our products be personalised in any of three different ways, we can also provide design ideas and quotes for something unique. Check out our social media for a sample of our previous challenges that we've taken on and conquered - creating a toy or gift that can be treasured for generations.

Do you have an idea that you'd like turning into reality?

Is there a particular style of vehicle, a structure or a character that is special to you or your loved one? Contact us for a no obligation quote and we could move those ideas from your dreams into your hands......

Shop members

  • Jo-Elle Byrne

    Owner, Customer Service, Marketer

    Hey there! I'm the gal responsible for the keyboard warrior side of my family's little business!

  • Steve Pilling

    Maker, Designer, Curator

    Dad's are the hands behind the saw. He's the artisan, we just make him work!

  • Jan Pilling

    Owner, Shipper, Curator

    Mom is the brains behind the biz. It was her idea after all! She takes care of the proper business side, arranges shipping and makes sure we're on track!

  • Paul Byrne


    Roped in to showcase the products at their finest, Paul is Jo-Elle's long-suffering husband and a very talented photographer in his spare time.

Production partners

  • Wooden You Love

    Halifax, England

    Wooden You Love is a small family run business set in the heart of the Calder Valley, designing onto wood with pyrography (wood burning)

Shop policies

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Last updated on Dec 27, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Care instructions

Our products can be cleaned. We recommended using natural waxes or wood furniture polish where appropriate. Do not use water to clean our products as they will mark and potentially warp. Products should not be placed in the dishwasher. Items are waxed using a child-friendly products. Painted items are standard paints and should not be placed in the mouth. Adult supervision is required as small parts make up some of our products and can present a choking hazard. Products should be given a periodic check to ensure suitability for play due to damage over time. Splinters are possible where items are damaged through excessive or over-zealous play.

Custom and personalised orders

We are happy to take requests for customised orders and will agree requirements and price prior to purchase. All bespoke products are made to order and will not be made until full payment is cleared.

Personalised items will be provided AS SPELT by the buyer - any error in information provided to GWT is the responsibility of the buyer and therefore no returns or exchanges will be provided.

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, we can't accept returns for, custom or personalised orders, items on sale or items gifted or exchanged through any promotional offer.

If you require a particular wood type or shade, please let us know and we will endeavour to accommodate all requests.


GWT use salvaged/recycled materials wherever possible. Often the reclaimed wood used will have markings from the original usage such as nail or tack holes. All of our products are made from natural materials therefore colours demonstrated on the website photographs may vary between orders.

Pre-used materials will not compromise the safety or use of the toy, simply change the aesthetic.