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.