We designed this boat to be big enough to carry a hefty load of little treasures, float steadily, and be pulled by a 52 inch long cotton string. 8" long by 3" wide. When I brought our first prototype to school to pick up my daughter, all the First Graders wanted to play with it, they were pretending the wood chips in their play area were "water". It is also shallow enough to float in puddles during or after a light rain. Handmade in the USA.
This batch of Barges are made from recycled/found Spanish Cedar, a reddish hardwood. Woods may vary at times.
About boat care: We now offer our boats with no oil. They are sanded and ready to be oiled or waxed by you. You can rub a little household olive oil, canola oil, or food grade mineral oil, or beeswax to both enhanse the beauty of the wood and to preserve the wood from water exposure. If they are towel dried after baths, and not left to sit wet, they will last longer. Reoil as needed.
Our River Barge is very similar to the boat used by Peter and his friends in Peter in Blueberry Land.
"Dear Sonya, I just have to tell you how much my 8 year old son loves his wooden "river barge". I debated buying it because I thought he might be too old to get excited about this toy, but since he loves boats I decided it would be a good stocking stuffer. Well, my son is so in love with this barge! Last night at bedtime he told me he LOVES it; that Santa must have made it special for him; that you can't BUY something like that in a store. He asked me if I thought anyone else in the world received the same thing. So sweet... I just wanted to share that with you. I love your products! Happy holidays to you! Peggy B. San Rafael, CA 12/26/08"
"Hi Sonya, I just wanted to let you know that I received your parcel today and all was intact. The toys are beautiful and I know my little one will love them. Thanks and kind regards, Colleen V., South Africa 9/20/09"