Here’s a workshop of delights

Claussons will carve, paint nearly any toy

By CHERYL CLARK Staff Writer Nov., 1992 of the THE SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE

Sharon and Glenn Clausson know how to make the most of their name. Particularly this time of year.......

 ..........the Claussons will design, carve and paint nearly any toy requested, from a cup holder in the shape of a fish to a special type of house, to a puzzle that spells a word. In their shop can be seen tiny wooden hearths painted red and green and adorned with tiny plywood stockings, each with a blank space where names of family members can be painted in.

Special signs are in great demand

 “some people even buy the toys for their pets” Sharon Clausson said, “One couple asked for a good quality toy, something that would endure the teeth of their pet rabbit.”

 She noted that many of their customers have names that are not in English. “It’s not all “George”or “Mary”, and often, they can’t find the names they’re looking for in a regular store.”

 So far, the most popular toys are vehicles, like trains, helicopters and airplanes. Once, she said, someone wanted her to design a rocking elephant.

 The couple, who met each other in art class more than 24 years ago, are both carpenters who have long delighted in molding toys from pine and birch.

 Sharon Clausson said, she began 15 years ago making toys for her daughter, then 2. Her husband, by day an occupational education teacher for the Sweetwater School District, had perfected a style of firetruck.......

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