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Visible wood grain is natural

Wood grain on Grimm's bowls

If you’ve bought any of our Grimm’s or Ostheimer wooden toys you might have noticed the wood’s natural grain is sometimes quite pronounced.

Many toy manufacturers discard pieces with visible markings. But Grimm’s and Ostheimer, and a handful of other toymakers, prefer to let it show, as a celebration of its natural imperfections (at Grimm’s the toymakers talk about allowing the wood to speak.)

We just wanted to let you know that the lines and shading you see on these toys is normal and wholly intentional. We think the slightly rough, natural finish makes handling them more meaningful for small hands, while the lines and patterns created by the grain make each toy truly unique.