When I was a child, I believed my dad could make absolutely anything. He was a contactor and electrician by trade, and growing up in a large family, he often was knocking down walls to build on another room or remodel the existing structure to accommodate more people. If my mom could dream it up, my dad could build it. His craftsmanship didn’t stop at remodeling and home repairs. He was constantly making things for my siblings and I to enjoy.
My first memory of him constructing a hand made toy was when I was in kindergarten, and I so badly wanted to play the piano. We didn’t have one at the time, so he made me a little keyboard out of wood, and I adored it. We later got a real piano, once they realized I truly loved it, but the memories of playing on that little homemade keyboard has always stuck with me.
Probably the most favored and remembered toy that my dad made for the family was an electronic, light-sensored states and capitals learning game. We all thought it was the coolest thing ever created. He continues to build things for all of us from time to time, and has managed to instill a love of craftsmanship in each of us.
There is something so refreshing and special about products that are hand-crafted and locally made. The innovation and creativity that an artisan puts in to their craft truly inspires me. We are pleased to share a few great local artisans with you this month for our makers issue, and we hope you enjoy learning a little bit about their story and the products they create, and maybe you’ll discover a new, local product to love.