The Value Of Our Handmade Wooden Toys
Natural. Sustainable. Renewable
All of our wood is sourced from North America. Some of it is purchased from reputable lumber yards while some it has been made from wood that was cleared for farmland years ago.
MD Handfield Designs Inc is a unique toymaker as we have access to a small sawmill on our family farm up in Athabasca, Alberta. A lot of wood we use is wood that was cleared for Alberta farmlands.
When we do need to purchase wood for specialty items such as baby/toddler toys and toys that are being shipped internationally, we purchase from reputable lumber yards that have vast understanding of our wood requirements.
The varieties of wood we work with include eastern white maple, eastern white pine, yellow pine, fir, red oak, white oak, spruce and even the odd time we may use tamarack.
We also believe in giving back to our environment and a portion of every sale goes into purchasing trees for reforestation.
Made By Hand In Canada
Each and every one of our toys has been designed by a person using a pencil and a sketch pad. The sketch is then taken to one of our woodworkers to cut out using hand tools or a lathe. The woodworkers finish the piece then send it to one of our artists to sand and then hand paint.
Each toy is lovingly painted by an artist using a variety of paint brushes. Fine detailed painting is added using toothpicks for very fine lines. After the acrylic paint has cured, a durable polyurethane is applied to the piece to ensure long lasting colour that won't fade or wash off.
Our toys are made to last for generation after generation and cannot be compaired with cheap plastic toys that easily break and quickly accumulate in landfills.
Canadian toys are subject to stringent laws and tests to ensure they are completely safe for the children that use them. The same cannot be said with foreign made toys. Each and every toy MD Handfield Designs Inc creates is tested to make sure it meets all government safety standards before it is put into the hands of either a retailer or a customer.
One thing to realize about our products is that a real person works on each and every part of the toy. Canadian minumum wages are much higher than over sea wages. This means that many companies have outsourced their production and exploit their employees in order to produce items for a cheaper price. We will not do that. We value our employees as individuals. We also value their time and their tradeskills from our artists and woodworkers right down to our marketing managers.
You can be proud and assured that jobs and money is kept in the Canadian economy and that employees are not exploited or taken advantage of.
Lead-free. Non-toxic. Beautiful. Safe.
Making high quality safe, non-toxic toys is the number one goal of MD Handfield Designs Inc.
You can rest assured that all of our products are high quality, completely non-toxic and lead free and that each toy has been tested according to Government of Canada Toy Manufacturing Laws and Health Canada Toy Safety Guidlines.
Additionally, we have made sure that all of our paints and finishes have been manufactured in North America and meet the ASTM D-4236 AP non-toxic certifications.
Declairation of Conformace available upon request.
Product Safety Data Sheets available upon request.
Our children are precious and deserve the safest toys available.
From one family to another: Our Commitment to You
MD Handfield Designs Inc is a family run business and because of this we are able to offer you a unique shopping experience.
We are available to answer answer questions about our products and manufacturing process and to give you a personal experience complete with updates on your custom order status throughout the creation process.
As a family run small company, we also are able to offer you great after purchase customer care. If there is anything you need at all, please let us know and one of our family members will assist you.
Our commitment to you is to give you a special personal shopping experience including safe, high quality wooden toys and stellar customer service.