2,500 Handcrafted Wooden Toys Bring Joy


By Dasha Morgan- All year long the Apple Country Woodcrafters have been making handcrafted wooden toys to distribute for the holidays to bring Christmas joy to deserving children.

The members have been lovingly handcrafting a whole array of items for children of all ages—rattles, cradles, cars, trucks, doll cradles, puzzles and even writing pens. Over the years, they have joined hands with a quilters group so that the cradles are even more appealing to a child, perhaps with a doll or stuffed animal also.

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 9:30 AM on agencies will be picking these quality toys up to distribute to families at the Elks’s Lodge, 546 North Justice St., Hendersonville. This is Apple Country Woodcrafters’ 36th year for the Toy Giveaway/Holiday Party, and the public in invited to see these beautiful toys and to celebrate at this “party.”

The nearly 200 members of the Apple Country Woodcrafters have spent the last year building these gifts by hand in a professionally equipped 3700-square foot workshop off Sugarloaf Road in Hendersonville. “This is the 36th year for our wooden toy distribution” says Club President Larry Vrobrich, of Hendersonville, “and we will start on next year’s program just as soon as the Toy Party is over!”

The distribution is beautiful organized by table captains, so the specific human services agency can easily fill their truck with their requested items. A clearly marked table has been set up for each, including Blue Ridge Prison Ministries, Calvary Food Pantry, Carolina Baptist Association, Children and Family Resource Center, Edneyville Lion’s Club, Eliada Home, Henderson Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, The Storehouse and others.

Apple Country Woodcrafters is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, established in 1985 dedicated to the education and the development of woodworking skills. Anyone can join and take advantage of the fully equipped and well stocked woodshed. Membership is $80 a year. The organization’s goal is to develop woodworking projects to benefit the community and for the education of members.

They have a well equipped 3,700 square foot woodworking facility, as well as a resource library and lumber store. In addition they have periodic educational workshops and monthly meetings. Members can use the shop for the own projects as well as making the Giveaway Toys.

In addition, the shop hosts Open Carving sessions on Thursdays from 9 AM to 12 PM for wood carvers. Periodically, the club also schedules educational workshops and field trips. Field trips have included saw mills, tool manufacturers, chair makers and woodcraft suppliers. Workshops have included safe operation of woodworking tools, joinery and cabinet making.

Club meetings are held on the 4th Monday of each month at the Hendersonville Operations Center at 305 Williams Street. Members meet to share ideas and enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded individuals. Most meetings include a Show-and-Tell session and a feature presentation.

The Show-and-Tell sessions items range from cutting boards, bowls, frames, and hand carved animals, to chairs and chests. The presentations segment feature a guest presenter who discusses and demonstrates a woodworking skill or topic.

Visit the club website for more information (, call 828 707-0598, or stop by the workshop for a tour during operating hours Monday to Thursday, and Saturday (closed on Friday).

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