Tinkebu - Our Toy Story

Handmade wooden toys
Woodworking - wooden toy tools

Tinkebu was founded by Jaime Tinker. Jaime lives and works in Cornwall with his wife, toddler daughter and baby son. For a number of years – and true to his name – Jaime has been tinkering with wood. More recently gaining joinery qualifications and in 2017 launching the business.

"Surrounded by friends and family having babies, I found myself beginning to make toys and furniture as gifts. I remember the moment a toy box for our niece lit the touch paper for starting Tinkebu. The need for toys grew with the arrival of our first child, and our reluctance to fill our house (and landfills) with garish plastic. Every product is lovingly handmade in our workshop at home in Cornwall. Because of this, each piece is unique, and unlike so many plastic toys that end up in our lofts or just thrown away, we hope they remain in your family for a long time to come."

In 2018, Jaime entered Tinkebu in the ‘What’s Your Idea?’ competition run by Go Daddy, Square and Crowdfunder which looked for the most innovative and impactful start-up business ideas. Tinkebu was announced as one of the winners from thousands of entries and awarded £1,000 towards a successful crowdfunding campaign which helped Jaime to go on to design and build a new range of products.  

“Winning £1,000 and receiving support from Crowdfunder, GoDaddy and Square gave us the confidence to really take a step forward with the idea.” – Jaime Tinker