Dick Albrecht of Hardwood Heirlooms
I learned about woodworking from my father. He was a skilled craftsman who built our family's home with a hand saw. I'm told that although I was only three, I helped quite a bit. Growing up, together we built a 14-ft. boat and then a 20-ft. cabin boat out of mahogany that we named "Miss Jo" after my mother. We spent many days together fishing in the Gulf of Mexico in that boat.
I continued my interest in woodworking, and very soon after getting married I purchased a radial arm saw to start my tool inventory. After the arrival of my children, a rocking horse for one son and a large wooden car for the other found their way under the Christmas tree. I once surprised my daughter with a two-story dollhouse complete with working lights in every room that I designed and built for her one Christmas. Her daughters now play with that same dollhouse.
I became more serious about building toys with the arrival of my grandchildren. They have inspired and tested many of Paw-Paw's toys. I always find it exciting to see what toy will catch a child's eye.