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Thursday, November 25, 1982 Cheney Free Press Page 1A Craftsman establishes fast.growing business By Rod Everha"" Lloyd Schmidt loves his toys. He loves them so much that he spends most of his time with them. There&apos;s a good reason why, however, Schmidt makes toys. In his basement workshop, Schmidt spends hours gluing, cutting, sanding and assembling his menagerie of wooden toys, which include ducks, horses, elephants, cars, trucks and even trains. Stacked in boxes under tables, on top of tables and in corners are dozens of toys Schmidt has made. Each one is carefully crafted from hardwood and reflects the time and talent that goes into each one. Schmidt says making wooden toys is a time consuming hobby, though. The tast involved hours of gluing, cutting patterns, sanding, laminating, finishing and assemb- ling. Some steps take several hours to complete. So, Schmidt produces several dozen at a time. Some appear in arts and crafts shows or are sold to regular customers. While Schmidt makes most toys himself, his family also is involved. His wife, Chris, assists in de- signing, and his children contribute toy ideas. Though he now considers himself a toymaker, Schmidt has not always been one. For years, he drove a long haul truck. That job took him to places all across the country. During one trip, he dis- covered the art of toymaking. While in Michigan, Schmidt says, he met a man whose hobby was making wooden toys. "I always enjoyed working with wood, and when I saw this i(]ea I kept it in the back of my mind," Schmidt says. A few years later, the oppor- tunity arose, when the company he worked for closed its doors. So, faced with few job opportunities for truck drivers, Sctimidt set up shop and began making toys. That opportunity led to a business he calls "The Toy Factory". Though Schmidt says his busi- ness still is at the "hobby level", the future looks promising. A Spokane company is looking at several toys with the intent of marketing them nationally, Schmidt added. If that happens, Schmidt says he will have to move to larger facilities and hire workers. "It's kind of scarry when you consider we might market in that volume," Schmidt says. Nevertheless, that goal is worth working towards, he says, because owning a business is the American dream. "I'd just like' to make a com- fortable living, while providing jobs for other people," Schmidt says. Toys sought in Cheney New or like-new toys, as well as warm, winter outerwear, currently is being sought by the Cheney Clothing Bank for the upcoming Christmas season. Toys, games and puzzles will be distributed to children in the commun- ity who may not otherwise receive any. Similarly, warm coats, hats, mittens, hoots and sweaters are being sought for those wllo may need them in the community. All items should be in reasonably good condition. Items are needed in all sizes for men, women and children. llen]s may be left with Pah'icia (?onrath at 206 W. Fifth St., Cheney. For more details, contact ('onrath at 235- (;35 I. anlfsgit/ing y Your Holiday Be II Of Good Things ur sincerest wishes for very happy and healthy nksgiving to you r family ... enjoy, ,y Area Businesses Shop with us for Christmas/ Wood toys Cheney's Lloyd Schmidt has begun to specialize in the production of handsome, hardwood toys. His hobby is rapidly developing into a larger business. Below are some of the finished products-sure to please most little ones over the holidays. photos by Rod Everhart Eight good reasons why you'll want to shop in CHENEY Better Streets i" Good things happen to our community when you shop at home. More money spent with local merchants means more tax revenues for our community. More lax revenue means more money for better roads and streets and rnore community improvements. 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