The History behind the product
Bill, a truck driver for many years, started making pots and planters
for friends and seeing how they were well received, he began making
them for garden centres and selling them on the internet under the
Kee Wee Tubarama logo. Bill makes each piece using New Zealand pine
because it's a sustainable resource and paints them in a rainbow
of bright colours.
Judi, who comes from a background in finance, loves craftwork and
enjoys putting the finishing touches on each piece, sewing all the
mattresses, duvets, pillows and seats. The result is a unique handmade
creation promising hours of enjoyment.
first of the wooden toys made, was a project for a good friend's
autistic child who responded really well to the cot they made.
It has now blossomed into a full time business for Bill and Judi.
A development course with Ochre Business Solutions in 2011 taught
Judi they were right to pursue what she and Bill are good at doing
and really enjoy, and these two really do have a passion for their
Judi and Bill's business is called Papoose and reflects their commitment
to making quality children's toys.
The word Papoose is a Native North American Tribe's term of endearment
for a child or baby.
Bill and Judi are creating toys that children love. They are currently
working on prototypes to expand the boys' range to include trucks,
garages and workbenches.
These toys are treasures and have been built to last, and many
will eventually be stored away for future generations; such is the
attachment children have with their favourite play things.