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Our friends at Rattandeep Enterprises in Delhi, India operate the plant where most of the boats we carry are made. Rakesh Thukral, Owner, Operator and Master Craftsman employs many craftsmen who have come to him as other work in making tin products has declined. Plastic has replaced many of our products today, but RATTANDEEP is dedicated to continuing the old custom of making ALL of their tin products by HAND! They have no electric or pneumatic powered presses or cutting machines. All of the lighograph work is done by hand as well, and there are many, many steps to making one toy.
The putt putt or pop pop boats we sell at Buzz's BoatYard are mostly from Rakesh's Plant. Some of his hand presses take up to 5 or 6 men to operate, especially when they are pressing hulls. Many sections of the deck and fittings are literally cut by hand.
We are proud to be associated with this incredible operation in such a far away part of the world. Rakesh is very proud, as he should be, that it is now illegal to use slave, child or prison labor to make toys in his country. These groups have never been used at RATTANDEEP. These toys, as opposed to some Chinese toys, are made by artisans of the tin toy trade. We are very proud to be partners with this company which is trying desperately to keep the hand made tin toys alive, and at the same time providing employment for those who are best at the trade.
The links here are photos of various parts of the RATTANDEEP factory operation. You will be amazed to see 4 to 6 men hand pressing a boat hull, or cutting out lithographed sections of a boat.