Community

Toy Program

A number of Guild members volunteer to participate in this community service program by making a variety of wooden toys that are distributed to children in local area hospitals. Approximately 2000 toys are donated each year, with over 50,000 toys distributed since the inception of the program in 1994.

Typical toys include cars made from 2-by-4 lumber, holiday symbols such as Valentines Day hearts and St. Patrick's Day shamrocks, and simple cutouts such as rabbits, dinosaurs, and flowers. Toys are left unfinished for children to complete and paint. Patterns and supplies are provided to Guild members making toys. Guild members are enthusiastic about this program, and the toys they make are very much appreciated, as may be seen from the thank-you letters received by the Guild.  

Plans for toys, suited for various holidays, can be found by clicking the following button.
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The Guild's efforts were recognized in a newspaper article as well.

And another aticle on April 15, 2016 - 40,000 Toys for sick St. Louis Children, and counting...



Faust Park

The Guild enjoys a unique relationship with Faust Park. Through the generosity of the park, the Guild has been provided building space in the park and has established a workshop which contains a large number of woodworking machines that have been purchased by, or donated to, the Guild.

Several of our members volunteer their time to the Park to help maintain the period structures and antique equipment and tools on display at the Guild. The Guild as a group has participated in several projects to assist the park and is looking additional projects in the future.

In addition, we are exploring ways to best utilize the Guild's workshop at the park for the benefit of members just starting out who have not acquired a full selection of tools yet.



St. Louis Museum of Transporation

Several members of the Guild perform volunteer work at the St. Louis Museum of Transporation. They primarily perform wood restoration on a variety of unique, vintage railroad cars and equipment that are displayed there.



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