History/About Us

Our Mission is simple:

 

We create quality wood products that encourage imaginations and enhance creativity in children and adults; then provide fast, friendly and reliable service.


THE BEKA STORY    

Wow -- Made-in-the-USA wood Toys & Furniture & Looms for over 40 years; it really is true that time flies when you're having fun!!!

 

BEKA, Inc. is a specialty manufacturer, producing high quality wood products for over forty years in our family owned St. Paul, Minnesota workshop.  Beka is truly a Made in America original!

Owned and operated by an extended family group, including brothers Jamie, Richard and Peter Kreisman we have now moved into the next generation.  Jamie has been joined by his son Jonathon, while Richard and Peter explore the concept of retirement.  Together, they provide stability and direction, insuring all products and policies are compatible with their personal standards and up to the demands of the granchildren - whew!  As always, they make sure they're fun to use, too!! 

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Jonathon years ago!                                            Jonathon now!

We began producing specialty wood products in 1973, originally building hand weaving looms for sale through specialty yarn stores.  In the early 1980's, our focus shifted to include large scale creative play products for children, in addition to a growing line of handweaving equipment.  The BEKA name is now known throughout the specialty toy market, the fiber craft market and school supply industry for our high quality weaving and knitting tools for adults; plus the easels, puppet theaters, unit blocks and other creative play products we make for children.

We are always developing and introducing new made in the USA looms for hand-weaving; new made in the USA creative play products for children... and still doing it ourselves in our St. Paul, MN woodshop!

We describe ourselves as a "manufacturer" because we personally make the things we sell. Whether you're shopping for things to use at home, in a school or almost anywhere else, our unique modular designs give you great flexibility in choosing product features, but it is Select Hard Maple and Cherry, fashioned by Skilled Woodworkers that provide the backbone for the quality products we produce.  We combine the economy and efficiency of volume manufacturing with the personal service of a small, family owned business.  You'll enjoy the Beka difference!

Jamie & Peter in the 70's!