As a child growing up in the suburban Chicago town of La Grange, woodworker and toymaker Timothy Binder loved the time he spent outdoors in nature.
These outings became the source of valuable memories and inspiration, but even at the time they served to inspire Timothy to carve toys and other objects to fuel his own adventures and spur on his childhood creativity.
When Timothy moved to the outskirts of Nashville in 2012, he decided to reconnect with the natural world, and with the creative spirit it inspired in him. He began creating works of art from recycled wood, experimenting with both carving and burning methods as he went. Soon, as friends and family began to have young families of their own, Timothy began crafting toys again—carved, wooden cars and trucks, baby rattles, toy blocks—for their children.
Timothy started Crescent Moon Toys soon after to celebrate classic children’s toys made from natural, wholesome materials and the simple joy handmade toys offer. After all these years, a sense of playful adventure and carefree creativity continues to animate his work, and his toys promise adventure away from screens and mass-produced plastic goods, and of lasting memories fueled by craft and imagination.