Having two sons, I’ve grown to both love and hate toy cars. There’s a certain breed of small, metal car that is steadily multiplying in our home – and although they have their place in play, they’re neither aesthetically pleasing to me, nor incredibly tactile. But these handcrafted wooden roadsters are a breath of fresh air that prove not everything in Texas is oversized.
In my mind these perfectly smooth and streamlined Toy Car Roadsters are lovingly whittled in a small workshop in Texas Hill Country. I think I’m pretty close to the mark, as Hill Country Woodcraft does make each of its toys to order, by hand, with care and love. The roadsters are as adorable as a toy automobile can be.
The body and fenders are made from poplar, while the removable wooden person, wheels and axles are maple hardwoods. They’re lathered with several coats of tung oil and beeswax, and painted in some soothing colours, like ocean blue and pastel orange. They measure about twenty-two centimetres long and cost around US$20, plus shipping.
Hill Country Woodcraft also make these nostalgia-inducing stick horses, or hobby horses. With their hand-stitched , leather ears, sturdy oak dowel and hand-braided suede reigns, any young cowboy or girl will be itching to take a ride! They’re also made to order, for about US$34, plus shipping, and Hill Country Woodcraft have already delivered several to Australia.