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About Timberdoodle

A Timberdoodle is a rare game bird, and we are often asked how it became the name of a leading homeschool curriculum supplier. When Dan & Deb first married, they planned to breed Golden Retrievers and settled on Timberdoodle as the perfect business name. Golden Retriever in hand, they optimistically purchased a business license and proceeded to await the first puppies. Long story short, the Golden never cooperated and became simply a beloved family pet, while the business license collected dust.

By 1985, when few families had even heard of homeschooling, Dan and Deb had been blessed by 3 young daughters whom they were determined to teach at home.

Being a motivated learner herself, Deb investigated products and techniques in depth. As she discovered new and valuable tools she eagerly began using them. At Bible studies and ladies’ meetings other moms would ask her about the Cuisenaire Rods, Lauri Puzzles, and other tools, and then go out and purchase them. It didn’t take Deb long to realize that if she bought a case of a product she could resell it and not only save the other moms money but also supplement her family income. Over the next several years the business grew to fill a back room, then 2. The next door grandparents dedicated a portion of their basement to Timberdoodle and by the time Abel came along in 1988, the business was growing in earnest.

About a year later, Dan came home from his mill job to run Timberdoodle, and they broke ground on the first warehouse. In the 20 years since then God has really blessed Timberdoodle and we have added another warehouse as well as an office building. The family still lives on the property and each child has grown into taking on a major role for Timberdoodle, from curriculum coordinator to photographer to media relations.

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