[su_spoiler title=”Who are you? What do you do?” icon=”caret”] Happy Bungalow is the handcrafted creation of Don Clark. He makes wood toys – but don’t think grandpa whittling on the back porch, rather – roaring dinosaurs, zooming fast cars, flittering fairies, and the most awesome robots you’ll find. Don uses only natural wood (no stains) and only makes products he wants his kids to use (and yes, that he has fun playing with as well). Don’s woodshop is in his basement and holds a number of tools, but no lasers. Every piece is cut by hand, sanded silky smooth, and finished with love. Well, linseed oil and beeswax actually – it turns out love doesn’t adhere to wood very well.
You can call us, write us. You can read more about us here. [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Where can I find you?” icon=”caret”]
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[su_spoiler title=”What if I’m not happy with my purchase?” icon=”caret”] We want you to be happy. If there’s a problem, call us or write.
If we can’t work anything out, send back your purchase within five days of delivery. Assuming there’s no damage, We’ll refund your purchase minus shipping costs.
[su_spoiler title=”How do you ship your products?” icon=”caret”] Items are wrapped in tissue paper and packaged securely in cardboard box(es). We ship via USPS or FedEx – which service is least expensive to your location. [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Do you do custom work?” icon=”caret”] We do. Please write us with what you have in mind. [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”I’m confused by your use of pronouns.” icon=”caret”] Happy Bungalow is primarily a one man (Don) operation, hence “I” creeping in here and there. Though from time to time the rest the family (Liz and the Kids) lends a hand, so “we” is used. Additionally – since Happy Bungalow is a company I/We try to use “we” to describe the company as an entity. [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”When you say your toys are made by hand, you mean laser powered robots made them right?” icon=”caret”]
Of course. “Handmade” is just industry jargon for “laser powered robots”. No. We use power tools, but no CNC machines or laser cutters. So if the power goes out, we’ll take a break and sweep up, but if the computer goes out, we’re still making toys. [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”What woods do you use? Which are your favorites?” icon=”caret”] We us domestic (US) hardwoods like ash, beech, cherry, hickory, maple, oak, red oak, sassafras, and walnut. We purchase regionally harvested harvested whenever possible, and put a strong focus on sustainability. Our favorite woods are the good smelling woods: cherry, hickory, and sassafras.[/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Do you bath your toys in a vat of green toxic sludge?” icon=”caret”] No. Though it seems like some other toy makers might do that. When our oldest was our only-est and experiencing her first Christmas she received a set of blocks. We opened up the package and they smelled like gasoline! No kidding. This was certainly an inspiration for us to make our own toys for our children. We finish our toys with a beeswax polish we make ourselves (made from beeswax and linseed oil). A few other products (namely our robots and card-holders) are finished with just linseed oil.[/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Will I step on your toys in the middle of the night?” icon=”caret”]Probably. That just seems to be the way of toys, feet, and the middle of the night. However, our toys have no sharp edges or corners, so if you do step on our toys, it will be more annoying than painful.[/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”How tough are your toys?” icon=”caret”]Pretty tough. We make everything from solid real wood (not like the “wooden toys” in the big stores that are made from light-weight wood or even the cheapest grade of plywood). The same solid hardwood (see above) that’s also being used to make floors, baseball bats, and kitchen tables. Also, the Kids here at the Bungalow are thorough product testers and make sure a particular toy won’t break, when say, it’s thrown across the room, hall, lawn, etc. etc. We, of course, don’t recommend throwing of toys outside the strict confines of product testing.
Says me: “You were throwing the toy to test it right?” Say the Kids: “Yes father. Of course we were only testing it. We would never throw a toy outside of the strict confines of the product testing environment.”
Our kids are going to be the first lawyers on Mars.[/su_spoiler]