oy Toy dates back to 1930 when Roy Dennison of East Machias, Maine, first offered log building kits that featured two cabins and a fort.
Throughout the 1940ís and 1950ís, Mr. Dennisonís shop employed as many as 13 woodworkers to produce one of the most popular toys in America. Finished kits left the shop by horse and buggy for the trip to the local train station. From there they were shipped to New York. He had designed and constructed the 8 wood processing machines (one with 20 saw blades) that milled New England pine into toy logs. Two generations of boys and girls honed their cabin-building skills with the Roy Toy.
By the time of Roy Dennisonís death, his children had left East Machias, and there was no one to take over the business. The shop was closed in the early 1960ís, and woodworking machines were placed in storage.
here they sat until one day in 1992 when Royís grandchildren decided to round up the old machines and figure out what role each played in producing the small wooden building logs. The Dennison family has revived their grandfatherís business and continues to manufacture the original log kits of traditional pine logs, finished with non-toxic stains Ė the only modern improvement.