January 24, 2017
The recent communication audit revealed that MESD employees were interested in learning more about staff from other departments. Our first Staff Spotlight features Marc Staino and his passion for crafting charming wooden toys. Send suggestions for future featured employees to

Staff Spotlight: Marc Staino

From Clackamas Review:
He’s a Mr.-fix-it guy and a starving artist, but Marc Staino also is a toymaker who wants to bring back the time when children played with toys made out of wood.

For his day job, Staino works as the custodian for the Multnomah Education Service District, but toy making is his real love, and he relishes the time spent in his shop creating, sanding and finishing the various pieces.

His inspiration came in 1994 when he saw some colorful carousel horses at an antique store and thought about turning the design into rocking horses.

“Nobody takes the time anymore to do rocking horses. I wanted to make mine with character and bring back the nostalgia,” Staino said.

Staino makes it a point to use hardwoods, especially Oregon’s myrtlewood, and is adamant about using safe, nontoxic dyes that he imports from Germany.

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