At the invitation of Delaware North’s “Pathways to Yellowstone” program, Teton Craft Works (TCW) appeared as the guest artist at two of the iconic General Stores in Yellowstone National Park: July 2—4 at the Canyon General Store and July 18—20 at the Old Faithful General Store. We were received well by park employees and visitors alike, and our new line of wildlife puzzles and toys was a sales success.
Upon receiving the invitation in March of 2018, TCW went into high gear to produce a line of products for exclusive offerings during its two appearances this summer.
Along with its usual line of six simple wildlife art puzzles (Bison, Moose, Elk, Bear, Trout and Mustang) TCW created four new products for the Yellowstone adventure and rebranded one of its flagship products, the INSANITY puzzle. TCW incorporated a retro geyser graphic from a 1939 poster originally published by the National Park Service. We adapted the image and revitalized it for inclusion on all of our Yellowstone offerings. Each INSANITY puzzle includes a medallion with the brand (see photo below), making it a true souvenir of the Yellowstone expedition and an authentic “Made in Wyoming” memorable that will last for years to come.
Second, TCW was happy to offer a new line of figurines: a Box-O-Animals, also bearing the iconic geyser on the lid,
and a more hefty line of 3/4″ solid hardwood figurines.
Playing off of the educational aspect of our mission, we offered a 2019 Dodecahedron Cube Calendar
with all the best scenes of Yellowstone National Park in full color. A conversation piece and a desk toy, best of all it is a mathematical learning experience for the kids and family; getting to know those Platonic Solids! The nifty part of this calendar is that it is flipped (or turned) each week so that the present week is top, front and center… a cool little piece of mathematics in itself.
Finally, this was the first time we offered customers a Yellowstone National Park Art Collage Puzzle… both 1. PUZZLE and 2. ART and 3. comes with a free art stand.
One large version was made from a California wine box (thanks to my good friend Jim who is an avid wine collector and was a significant proponent in the Wyoming Trout Association, therefore, the included separate Cutthroat Trout puzzle piece) and was purchased by a visitor and her daughters who were moving to Switzerland the following day.
How did TCW wind up as a guest artist in Yellowstone National Park?
“In a Shark Tank-style competition, vendors from Idaho, Montana and Wyoming were each given 20 minutes to present their unique products to a panel of Delaware North judges. The event drew 100 applications from throughout the region, 60 of which were selected to participate in the fair.
Following the event, 19 local vendors were selected to sell their products in the Yellowstone General Stores. Fourteen additional vendors were offered the opportunity to participate in Delaware North’s Pathways to Yellowstone program, in which local vendors are allowed guest visits into the general stores to sell their products in a market-type setting.” (excerpt from media.delawarenorth.com)
One of the most engaging aspects of our show in Yellowstone was the launching of our “I MADE THE MOOSE” club. 28 individuals (including their families or traveling group) became inductees to this group.
More Photos for your enjoyment!