Juan is from Colombia, which is why we have reached out to the community in Bogotá for all of our doll-making needs. We were happy to complete another trip to Colombia in January, where we met with our carpenter, hired a couple new painters, and planned to have some boxes printed for our new packaging. It was quite a trip! This is the shop and the machine where our dolls are made. This machine is called a lathe, and the dolls are chiseled by hand from a wood called Urapán. This is a wood commonly used in Colombia and it is sustainably forested; for every tree used, two are planted.
We added two new sizes to our range of child-sized dolls; the smallest sister and the smallest boy, completing our family of peg dolls.
We will be exhibiting at this awesome market in Brooklyn, NY on Dec.7 from 10am-5pm at PS.321, 180 7th Ave.
We recently made this set for our four year old, and thought it was a great craft to share. What you need: 8 dominoes (or wooden pieces), paints and brushes. Simply paint a few simple, solid color images and write the color names on another domino. We chose to write the color names in black to make it a little more difficult, but you could also write the color names in the corresponding color for a younger child.
If you are visiting our page for the first time, you might not know that Goose Grease is a small company run by us, Juan and Anna, from our studio in Brooklyn. Juan is from Colombia, and as we started to get involved in painting little dolls, we began to source artisans from Colombia to help us fulfill our mission. These photos are from a recent trip over to the beautiful Bogotá. We design the shape of our dolls, and have them turned for us by carpenters from a small shop. We love visiting their shop every time we go there to see the new drums, beds, and salt shakers they are turning. And of course, our dolls. They carefully turn each doll by hand, carving it out of a piece of sustainably forested Urapán wood, which is commonly used in Colombia. When one tree is used, two are planted. We are currently working with two local Colombian artisans who are helping us to paint our standard designs. We met with these women in our last visit and had a wonderful painting class, setting ourselves up with new projects for the year.
We want to let you know that as of Thursday, July 11, we will be raising the prices of our custom-painted, personalized dolls. Thank you all for placing your orders and sharing your feedback with us! The level of craftsmanship that goes into our custom-painted pieces has become more and more detailed and specific, and this requires from us more time to complete each order. You will be able to see our prices in our shop on Thursday. We are also happy to be introducing a new, Standard Set, which is intended for brides and grooms with a lower budget. Please keep in mind that the dolls we use for our custom and standard sets are hand-chisled on an electric lathe in Bogotá, Colombia. Each doll takes about 3-5 minutes to turn. We pay our carpenter a price per piece that is fairly and jointly agreed upon. Thanks again for your support!
We have added a new wooden doll family to the shop. The Family By Nature is an eco-friendly toy, the perfect addition to your child’s wooden toy collection! These wooden peg dolls are hand-turned in Bogotá, Colombia.
We love this video, and thought it worthwhile to share it again. This is one of the carpenters who turns our dolls which come from Colombia. The machine he is using is called a lathe, the wood is Urapán. You can see from this video that each doll takes roughly 3 minutes to turn, and is formed by hand.
We were so delighted to meet with Tara Lynn Wagner from NY1 last week and to share a moment with her in our studio. The video and article can be seen here. Enjoy!