I have been asked many times by my customers ‘what gave you the idea to make toy farm buildings for a living?’ well the straight answer is that I am a bit of an over-grown farm-hand brought up on a small dairy farm of 65 acres of heavy clay soil in a very remote area of North Devon. As a young boy growing up on the farm all I remember wanting was tractors and more tractors with every Christmas and Birthday bringing a delivery of the latest Ford 6600 or TW20. In our old farmhouse, my Mum had to go without her dining room for over 12 years as my toy farm yard grew and grew with every room in the house representing fields for rough grazing, silage and corn. I had a couple of small plastic sheds made by Britains and the rest were fashioned by myself or my Dad out of cardboard and bits of wood. I played with all of them every day but I always felt they just were not up to the job, I dreamt of herringbone milking parlours, cubicle sheds and proper tractor sheds that were actually big enough to store the machinery I had, but nothing ever came along. Fifteen years later I was looking to start my own business that did not involve chasing black and white cows around soggy fields at 5.30am, and with a love of farm toys that never really went away I made a small selection of 3 sheds and started to advertise them in The Farmers Weekly. I never looked back.
All my original influences were taken from what I played with as a child, and I have decided to show my customers my very own personal collection of farm toys that I amassed throughout the 1970’s, 1980’s and the odd model from the early 1990’s. They are predominantly Britains, as for a long time that’s all there really was, with a few great models from Ertl, Corgi and Dinky. My all time favourites would be a Britains Ford TW20 (very high hours!), Ford 6600, Deutz 110 and a brilliant Ertl David Brown 1690 that I loved despite it having no rear linkage.
I hope you enjoy looking though my gallery.