last year grant had the idea of making organic teething rings. we had so many friends having babies, we thought it was a perfect idea (however i'm wondering now if maybe he just wanted a good excuse to buy another tool). he found some wood at some random guy's woodshop and started right away. we had to figure something out because he was using all his tools in the kitchen. which i'm pretty sure is supposed to be the place where you make food. sawdust was not tasting good so he built his own woodbench and worked outside. after practicing some wood teething rings, he brought me his first little animal, the hippo made from walnut up top on the left. i fell in love! it was so beautiful. after cutting out the shape, he would spend lots of time sanding each down so that they were as smooth as can be. then he would apply an all natural beeswax and mineral mixture which seals everything in (which actually is a better option than plastic since no bacteria can get inside). it was hard for both of us to give them away. especially because we gave our favorites away (besides my walnut hippo up there). we gave them to some of our really good friends and know they will take care of them well :). aren't they cute? grant is so talented at everything. he is much more of a perfectionist than me. and sometimes when i think he is being way too picky (... halloween costumes), the end result is always worth his time. i really think he can do anything. whether it's to sell an alarm to anti alarm people, sight read piano music, teach someone how many bones are actually in the wrist, make a look alike anthropologie lamp or build me a bike, find the most amazing antiques or play one of the hardest sports and rock at it.... he is just amazing.