John Kauffman -
Kauffman's Wood Kreations
As a little boy John Kauffman
played farm for many hours in the dirt, on his hands and knees
under a big shady maple tree. John’s farm had a toy wooden barn
his grandfather built him which was not far from a replica of
the real barn on his father’s farm. As John got older he added
machine sheds and other barns and buildings to his play farm. So
thus began the love of toy barns.
But as any little boy or girl we grow up... or do we?
The love and passion of toy barns,
toy farm buildings began at an early age. It wasn’t until 2008
on a cold winter day John went into his shop and built his first
toy barn. His obsession of TOY BARNS then started. John built
his first toy barn for his nephew Nick; his smile was as big as
the sun. John surprised everyone with the quality and detail of
that very first barn. Building a couple of more barns and improving
on design and quality, he was hooked on his new found hobby.
John built his toy barns as a
hobby and sold then as a side business. It wasn’t until the fall
of 2011 after the company John worked for closed their doors at
that location, that John stepped away from corporate America and
decided to do his own business. That’s when Kauffman’s Wood
Kreations took off and is now a full time business making toy
barns, replicas, and many other type of buildings.
John Kauffman grew up as a farm
boy in Marcus, Iowa (North West, Iowa) and now resides in Eagle
Grove, Iowa (located in North Central, Iowa) His strong
roots in farm life leads him to believe that these old barns are
disappearing from the rural skyline and that the history of
these old barns needs to be shared and loved with the new
generation of children. The use of these old barns has changed,
which is just the sign of the times… good or bad, that is one of
the reasons John makes the toy barns detailed and durable for
children to play with. John wants children to understand what barns
are and about what hard working farm life was and in some instances, still
is, but still a great way of life.
John has a Bachelor of Science Degree in
agronomy and a minor in Soil Science from South Dakota State
University. John is proud to have had the great opportunity to be
an Agronomist and work closely with so many farmers and growers
over the years. John is excited about this new chapter in his
life, KAUFFMAN’S WOOD KREATIONS.
Please wonder, reminisce or dream
as you go through the photo of toy barns that John has created
and built. If you are 3 years old or 100 years old there is
something for you to enjoy.