May 28, 2008
One of our very favorite lines is Harrisville Designs from Harrisville, NH. They make the highest quality weaving looms available in the educational toy market and have been in the weaving business since 1971. In fact, in 1977, the U.S. Department of Interior designated the town of Harrisville a National Historic Landmark because of the historical importance of this mill town. The owners philosophy is summed up on their website:
"We are a small, family owned and operated business, and we believe that quality should not be compromised for even the smallest product. There is a great tradition of textiles in our community and in our culture, and we are happy to share that tradition of quality by designing and marketing our yarns and tools."
They began making products for children back in the late 1980's and G.Willikers! has carried a variety of them our Portsmouth, NH toy store ever since that time. We have been consistently pleased with the design, the use of high quality materials and especially the customer response. Many people who have purchased one of these looms for their own family have gone on to choose them as birthday gifts for their friends.
As always, G.Willikers! is also thrilled to support a local toy manufacturer.