Tools for the Collector and Craftsman
Springwood Industries is a small business in Maine that makes parts for tools and sells old and antique tools both for users and collectors. We have started making parts for older planes that are commonly missing and will be adding more as time permits.
Springwood Industries was formed for two purposes:
1. To provide quality tools at reasonable prices for the collector and craftsman.
2. To fund the mission of making toys for children in hospitals.
As an engineer who has worked both in industry and have taught engineering at the University of Maine for over 40 years, I have been interested in the way things were made before manufacturing technology was developed in the late 1800s and early manufacturing methods. My career has been spent designing and building processing equipment for various industries in Maine. As a hobby, I am the second generation of tool collectors and have been collecting tools for over 50 years; specifically, Stanley, Craftsman, Millers Falls, and Goodell Pratt, as well as a number of other names. Starting in 2009, I began to pass on the hobby and have recruited my daughter, Heather, to expand Springwood Industries to include the internet buying and selling community.
Springwood Industries was created as the business to house these activities and has been selling tools locally for over 30 years. The proceeds from Springwood Industries sales provide support for The Toymakers.
Several years ago I started making wood cars and trucks for children in unfortunate circumstances in life. These children are usually in a scary situation away from home, and the most typical help is aimed at the functional necessities of medicines or shelter. These include children in hospitals, children in centers escaping abusive situations, and in other situations where for some reason the parents are unable to provide for them. The goal is to provide these children a toy which gives them some small amount of happiness in their situation. This activity has grown into The Toymakers, which is a mission of the First United Methodist Church in Bangor, Maine. We currently make and donate over 8,000 cars and trucks each year to hospitals in the state. As of year end 2016, Toymakers of Maine have distributed over 85,000 cars and trucks.
Tom Christensen Heather Christensen
Proprietor Business & Marketing Manager