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Gifts Made by Maker Dads

With Father’s Day around the corner, we thought we’d showcase a few dedicated dads who run their own businesses—selling products they make themselves. 

Meet the Maker Fat Toad Farm

Maker:Steve Reid
Business: Fat Toad Farm
Fat Toad Farm is a family-run goat dairy in Brookfield, Vermont. It was started as a raise-your-own-food effort, but when the herd grew from 2 to 12 to 25 and started producing much more milk than one family could drink, Fat Toad Farm became a certified goat dairy and began making out of this world caramel sauces. Today the family—Steve Reid, Judith Irving, Calley Hastings, and Josey Hastings—fills various roles on the farm and in the production room. Learn More

Meet the Maker Fish Aye Trading

Maker: John Doherty
Business: Fish Aye Trading
If Dad's a fisherman, he'll appericate these prints. Centuries ago, people used painted fish rubbings to document different species. John’s prints document his Cape Cod catch, preserving details such as the patterns of fish scales. His prints also celebrate his love of the ocean and marine life. He paints the body of a saltwater fish with water-based paints, then places fabric on top and gently rubs it to make a print.  Learn More

Meet the Maker Patent Prints

Maker: Cole Borders
Business: Patent Prints
PatentPrints is a doubly appropriate Grommet—started by one Maker who celebrates other Makers. Founder Cole Borders makes high-quality prints of the original patent drawings for a myriad of inventions. Cole’s background in printing and passion for design are the perfect combination to bring these incredible drawings to life. Learn More

Meet the Maker Modern Moose

Maker:Paul Ocepek
Business: Modern Moose
Paul started sketching, then tinkering with a laser cutting machine, and soon he was creating 3D models of his playful characters and turning them into graphic clocks. Each of Paul’s creations is loaded with personality. Paul, who’s trained as an industrial designer, makes each Modern Moose clock to order in his Norfolk, MA studio. Pick one that matches Dad's personality. Learn More

maker dads verve

Maker: Gene Shirokobrod
Business: Verve
Dr. Gene Shirokobrod specializes in manual spine treatment, and his clients kept remarking that they wished he could work on them at home. He did the next best thing―working with mechanical engineer Corey Fleischer to create an at-home solution. The human body isn’t made to sit all day, yet many of us do—to the detriment of our spine and muscles. ARC is an easy solution dad will appreciate. Learn More

Maker Dads - Fisher Blacksmithing

Maker: Tuli Fisher
Business: Fisher Blacksmithing
Sometimes the simplest things are the most exquisite. Blacksmith and metal artisan Tuli Fisher makes garden tools. It sounds ordinary, but what makes the tools special are his commitment to a lost craft and the quality of his creations. Tuli forges each trowel, rake and hoe by hand in his Bozeman, Montana, workshop with domestically sourced materials. Learn More

Wallet Pen

Maker: Tom O'Brien 
Business: The Wallet Pen
In picturesque Charlotte, Vermont, in a building filled with local businesses and artisans, Tom O'Brien is making pens… by hand. Each of his sterling silver Wallet Pens is sized so it fits discreetly into your wallet, checkbook or purse without adding any bulk. Dad will certainly enjoy this keepsake gift. Learn More

Recoil Winders

Maker: David Allen
Business: Recoil Winders
David Alden was frustrated with tangled cords and headphones, so he set out to create a device that would keep his tech accessories in tact. The result of his efforts is Recoil Cord Winders a system that instantly and automatically winds and organizes cords and cables. Learn More


Maker: Bob Hurt
Business: Firebugzz
Formerly a landscape designer, Bob is always looking for family-friendly ways to fire up the fun in outdoor spaces. He and Tara had kids in mind when they included a built-in safety mechanism to control rod swing. Perfect for backyard firepits, beach bonfires, and camping trips. If Dad likes a good cookout, he'll love this gift. Learn More

Orange Whip

Maker: Jim Hackenberg
Business: Orange Whip
Orange Whip golf swing trainer and fitness tool. As a pro golfer and caddy on the PGA tour, Jim spent years observing some of the best professional golfers and invented training tools for developing a better golf swing. Learn More


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