2019 Artist of Honor: Phil McCrillis
Phil (Uncle Lumpy) McCrillis has been a local craftsman for over 30 years, here in the state of Maine. He is the proverbial “jack of all trades and master of none”. He was a full time gem stone miner, cutter and jeweler for over 30 years and a part time and hobbyist, woodworker, carpenter and carver for over 40 years.
Feeling a need for a lifestyle change, he decided to turn his love and hobby of woodworking into his full-time avocation. Working w/ the concept of making safe, quality, “ heirloom toys", that will last for generations and in turn be handed down to following generations, he started making quality hardwood (cherry, curly maple, birds eye maple, black walnut etc.) toys for his 2 year old grandson. Wanting to make something special, he not only has made a quality toys but also small pieces of art. The neighbors caught wind of what he was doing and started giving him requests for more and more elaborate toys and the business has taken off from there.
All toys are made w/ love and tested for quality control by Julian his two year old grandson.
For images and more information, visit his Etsy page.