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Store Hours:

Monday - Friday - 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Saturday - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sunday - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Artist - Different Drummer

Frank Ridley moved to Solon, Maine in 1973 from the Boston suburbs to establish a homestead for his eventual family of four children. Using his engineering skills he built his home, shop, and a line of natural wood toys free of chemical contaminants and the stresses of manmade conflicts.

Frank markets his toys under The Different Drummer Workshop which prides itself as handcrafters of high quality and natural finished wooden toys for kids since 1973. The main features of his handcrafted wooden toys are:

  • Design - safe and simple, to encourage the child to use his or her own imagination. (No batteries required!)
  • Durability - sturdy enough to withstand years of hard play and then be passed on to the kids of the next generation.
  • Craftsmanship - each wooden toy is carefully handmade with all edges and corners rounded, and then hand sanded to a pleasant feeling satin smooth natural finish that the toddler can safely chew on.
  • Materials - native Maine white pine is the primary material of their wooden toys, with most wheels and turnings made from hard maple or birch.

Frank's toys can be found in premium Galleries coast to coast including SugarWood Gallery.

Different Drummer Products