Handmade Portraits #3: Handmade Portraits: Woodmouse

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Blog entry by Etsy posted 12-12-2008 10:47 PM 2411 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Toymaker Amber Dusick aka woodmouse her wood shop in her garage in downtown LA. After the birth of her son, this one time farm girl from Wisconsin became nostalgic for the toys from her past: simple, natural toys that would inspire creativity and imaginative play, made from materials that wouldn’t stick around in a landfill for thousands of years.

After years of silver smithing, throwing pottery and drawing with pen and ink, Amber finally found her medium in wood. Using sustainably harvested woods, non toxic paints and beeswax along with her wood burning tool, Amber was able to transfer the look and feel of her previous pen and ink drawings to wooden toys. Woodmouse, founder of the Natural Kids Team, is an ardent advocate of sustainable toys. The materials used are all natural and her toys are 100% compostable. Her imagery is reminiscent of of a child’s crayon drawing come to life in wood.

Check out the rest of the Handmade Portraits series on Etsy’s blog.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 12-12-2008 11:18 PM

I love these artist profile videos.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 12-13-2008 12:46 AM

rad thanks… i really need to get on Etsy and start selling things.

-- Brian, Eternal Furniture & Design

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#3 posted 12-13-2008 02:42 AM

these are very cool videos.

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#4 posted 12-14-2008 06:36 AM

COOL…THANKS for the video.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#5 posted 12-14-2008 06:13 PM

Really nice to see toys for kids that are safe.Loved the video thanks for sharing.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#6 posted 03-11-2009 07:27 AM

That was inspiring. Good luck!

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#7 posted 03-19-2009 12:25 PM

Very inspiring video. I too remember toys like that, and using your imagination as a kid more to have fun. Being 59 now the nostalgia is more relevant than ever.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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