How do wooden products get made?
From the desk of Christalyn: inventor & creative mastermind
As designers, we come up with all sorts of ideas for what new products should look like, what they will do, and what real need the product will solve. The design process can take a matter of week or be much longer. But after the idea is complete, how does it actually get made?
That's where manufacturing companies like Maine Wood Concepts do their best work. To better understand how this really works, we visited them to see first-hand what really goes into the making of wooden products. And what better place to visit than where some of the Digit Widgit is made.
I wasn't sure what to expect as I was driving though the Maine countryside to get there. But after my arrival, I couldn't have been more fascinated by what I discovered. Doug, the president of the company, and all of his team greeted me warmly. I was graciously shown around their extensive production facilities and had a wonderful discussion about some new and upcoming Viggi products.
Maine Wood Concepts makes many beautifully crafted wooden products. Below is a video of one of the machines they use in making wooden toy wheels. And take my word for it...this is only a hint of the craftsmanship and ingenuity I saw on my visit.
To find more beautiful products made by these amazing craftsmen, check out the Fletcher's Mill website.
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