I was in my parents basement this morning when I came across the above Fisher Price Toy. It’s a Printing kit, judging by some of the paper I found inside the box, I got this when I was 4 years old, making this toy over 30 years old. I have always loved crafty things like this and I grabbed it thinking my five year old would love it as well. As I left I was thinking how I’d need to find a new ink pad likely, and hopefully my daughter would be patient while I figured out if any of it still worked.
To my surprise, the well used toy was complete, and everything still worked. The original ink pad still had ink and the refill bottle was still half full (there was even a form to mail away for extra refills). We had an awesome afternoon playing with it, but I couldn’t help but be blown away that this 30+ year old toy still worked perfectly, and would likely work for another 30 years. This sort of quality is rare these days, and it’s something I’ve been thinking about with my products.
My bird houses for instance, while they look fragile, they are very durable and weather proof. I hung up a pair of them on my back shed for an entire year before I decided to start selling the design. After a year I was satisfied that they were high enough quality. Now going on 3 years, the pair still hangs on the shed, and with no maintenance, they are a bit more grey than before, but still keeps the elements off my feathered friends.
I often get questions about care for my various chopping boards. I always tell people to wipe them with a damp/soapy cloth, reapply mineral oil if they look dry, the usual things for cutting boards. This is certainly playing it safe, and they will never come to any harm with this regimen, but is it really necessary? That’s what I plan to find out. I’m making a couple of mini boards, one maple with colour block and a second plain walnut. I’ll prepare them just as I do all my other boards, but these two are going to take a trip in the dishwasher, in fact 10 trips to be precise. Have I gone mad? Maybe, but if these boards can survive 10 trips through the dishwasher, then they can survive just about anything. Stay tuned…