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2 Successful April Craft Shows

May 9, 2011

We spent April busily getting ready for and doing the first two shows of the season.  We ran around like crazy making sure our booth was updated – wanted it to feel fresh and new.  I think it paid off.  Our booth looked great and we did well.  Now its time to play catch-up!  I have to get toys made to replace the many items that were sold.

April 16 – 17 we were in Sebastopol at the Apple Blossom Festival.  The weather was beautiful and the people were all in great moods – spring had definitely sprung!  We ran into some craft fair friends we hadn’t seen since last year.  It’s always great to run into old friends, and we also made some new friends.  The artisans who do craft fairs are a community of folks that offer support and friendship – a great group of people to be part of.  Saturday was a little slow for us but Sunday turned into a busy day.  Made contact with a gentleman who has a children’s boutique specializing in organic, toxic-free, made in America toys and clothing.  We hope to sell our products in his store – he loved everything!

On April 29 – May 1 we were at the Pacific Fine Arts Festival in downtown Walnut Creek.  The weather was a bit cool on Friday but it warmed up until it was hot on Sunday.  What a change in just 3 days!  Friday was very slow, Saturday there was a bit more traffic, and Sunday was once again our busy day.  The things that people were interested in there were completely different than what folks were interested in at the Sebastopol show.  I can’t predict was folks will be interested in.  Heck, if I could I’d be rich!

At one show a man picked up one of my bi-planes and asked the price.  When I told him it was $35 he said he thought that it was a bit pricey and put it back.  About 15 minutes later another guy asked about the price of the bi-plane and bought it.  He asked how long it took to make and I told him from 3 to 4 hours each.  He said, “How can you make a profit on this?”  And I asked him, “What’s a profit?” 

Most people really do not understand when they look at my handmade toys that each one is made indivdually, by hand.  No assembly lines, no child labor, no machines.  The folks who get my message buy my toys.

Lots of excitement before year’s first show!

April 11, 2011

Today I finally finished the new racks for my pick-up truck.  It’s been a challenge figuring out how to carry all the equipment and product I need in one load and I’ve been working on a solution for a while.  I’m now using my lumber racks (with their new additions) and all is well.  I also finished some new toys. We are really excited about the addition of new products to our toy line. Really, the sky is the limit.  I am already thinking about new toys for our future.   We are looking forward to nice weather this weekend for our first craft fair of the season in Sebastopol.  Please stop and say hello to us on the 16th or 17th at the Apple Blossom Festival.

Spring has sprung in the shop!

April 4, 2011

Well, Spring has finally arrived and with it the prospect of a busy craft fair season.  We have some shows lined up for April.  The ‘Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival’ is on April 16th and 17th.  Then on April 29 – May 1 we will be showing with Pacific Fine Arts in Walnut Creek.  We have added some new toys plus we are premiering our new hand crafted exotic wood jewelry/puzzle boxes.  Please stop by and say hi.  We love seeing our regular customers and love making new friends too.

Peace and Prosperity to us all.  Hope to see you all soon, Buz and Leita

In the Shop with one of the boys

May 18, 2010

With Des, one of my assistants.

Thrilled to Be Featured on Red Tricycle!

January 26, 2010

We were featured in the Green section of great parents’ resource http://www.redtri.com

Here’s a sneak peek of what they wrote about us. Read the full article here.

Hand-carved, Sustainable Rocking Horses (and More!) for Your Kids’ Kidsbuz in the shop 001

We’ve all got memories of the toys we played with as children—that favorite doll, a collection of matchbox cars, a beloved tea set that lasted for a whole season of pretend parties. If you’re lucky, you’ve stashed these treasures away for your own kids. Most of us, though, just have the memories.  If only Buz Brown’s workshop had been around for our parents. Brown’s Remember When rocking horses, cars, and piggy banks are handmade—carved one at a time from sustainable wood and finished with non-toxic oils. His toys are built to be bequeathed.

Buz is Featured Artisan now through Saturday, December 12

December 9, 2009

We’re thrilled to see our toys showcased in the beautiful holiday window display at Various and Sundries in San Anselmo, CA! Toymaker Buz (the San Anselmo Santa) is the boutique’s Featured Artisan this weekend. Stroll the Avenue and check out the holiday decorations, then stop into Various and Sundries to say Hi and pick up a gift for someone you love.  Meet Buz and learn more about our handcrafted, sustainable wood toys from 11 –? this Saturday, December 12.

Various and Sundries at 411 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo. Call (415) 454-1442 for more information.

Why I Do What I Do

November 8, 2009

When my daughter was three years old I searched for a rocking horse for her for Christmas.  All I could find were either plastic, or poorly constructed, or made of questionable materials, so I decided to try to design my own.  That was the beginning of my desire to create high quality, nontoxic toys made from sustainably grown wood products.

 

Until I retired recently, I made the toys in my spare time.  Now I am lucky enough to be able to pursue my passion on a full-time basis.

 

I designed my first rocking horse over 35 years ago for my young daughter.  Our grandson is now enjoying that same rocking horse.  My toys are truly heirlooms, made for your children’s children.

 

“The personal integrity or the hallmark of my products is that they are all made by hand, and all made by me.”

Buz Brown