I, like many others, have purchased toys and products which have labels that state, "hand crafted." yeah, right. whose hands? who's craft?
Introducing our FIRST hand crafted toy.
Crafted by: Grandpa Geoff.
How do you know this is a hand crafted toy? Oh...let me tell you.
He made only 4 of them. How many Melissa and Doug puzzles are there out in the world? Trust me Melissa and Doug...your products are no where NEAR hand crafted.
Each barn is individually different. Ours has paint drips, screws and different cut windows than the other three. Becasue, of course, it's HAND crafted.
I also know it's hand crafted becasue other toy companies use the bare neccesseties to make a product. NOT so with Grandpa Geoff.
After screwing in 10 screws, my hands were hurting and sore and the barn seemed very stable. But, alas, it's HAND crafted by Grandpa Geoff. If the barn is sturdy with only 10 screws...we better add thirty more. I was screwing screws with my OWN hands until I couldn't screw strait. The SCREWS never ended. Trust me...this is HAND crafted. And it's not coming apart. EVER! I am NEVER screwing 40 screws into this barn again. Plus, I stripped a few. I'm not messin' with it!
How do you know it's hand crafted? There are pencil marks showing cutting lines, estimates and approximations. I have NEVER seen pencil marks showing the hand crafter where to cut on any of my other hand crafted products.
This HAND crafted product had to be hand crafted because it came with ABSOLUTELY no instructions on how to put it together. After getting a couple of walls sortof into place my six year old looks at it funny and says, "mom, you're doing it wrong. That's not how Grandpa Geoff does it." With the help of my child, I was able to recreate the hand crafted, no instruction project. Hands hurting, head aching, the barn is now done.
Back home, my dad's hands are covered in calluses. He has screwed, let's see, 40 X 4 maybe 10 different times during the HAND craftsmanship of these barns.
I would love to see Melissa and Doug's hands. The first thing I would ask is,
"where are your calluses?"
Well...you're aren't fooling this American anymore. How do you sleep at night? I can not believe that anyone selling anything would ever lie to me. It's just so Un-American.