Pathfinders

Pathfinders Design and Technology designs and manufactures wooden science kits for educational and recreational use. We are located in Metchosin, just outside of Victoria, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Our chief educator, Derek Wulff, teaches classes in the Victoria area. We spend time with kids in schools, making and using the kits to see how well they deliver curriculum for teachers, and to make sure they are engaging and appropriate for both fun play and educational aspects. So far so good!

We like to work with other local companies. Our manufacturer in Taiwan is a local family-run factory, and most of our stores are neighbourhood toy stores, supporting local and small business people (not actually short, but you know what we mean). We do sell to some larger companies, but they have set standards for excellence and generally are not traded on any stock exchange.

Pathfinders - Automatons - Pet Pteranodon Wood

Pathfinders - Automatons - Pet Pteranodon Wood

Winging its way in from prehistoric days is our new pteranodon automata. A fun automata with a wide wingspan of 30 cm this pteranodon brings to life the graceful majesty of a bygone time when dinosaur...

$22.00

Pathfinders - Automatons - Runnibg Horse Wood

Pathfinders - Automatons - Runnibg Horse Wood

A part of the North American tradition, running horses have been highlighted in western movies, fairy tales, constellations, and fancy drinks with umbrellas. We pay homage to the running horse with a ...

$22.00

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Pathfinders - Hydraulic Gearbot Wooden Mechanical Kit

Pathfinders - Hydraulic Gearbot Wooden Mechanical Kit

Hydraulic Gearbots are not all that common, but the fun thing about this one is that it is relatively easy to make, will amaze your friends, and you can toss popcorn around when your parents are n...

$46.95

Pathfinders - Hydraulic Machines 4 in1 Multi Pack Wood

Pathfinders - Hydraulic Machines 4 in1 Multi Pack Wood

This kit contains all 4 kits in one mini-jumbo box of fun. All the complete kits and instructions are included and not only is this great value, but we think every class that studies levers and simple...

$59.90

Pathfinders - Hydraulics Mini Excavator Wood

Pathfinders - Hydraulics Mini Excavator Wood

Excavators are big machines that are used to dig holes and move earth, and this model uses the same principles as those used in real situations, except you use water instead of hydraulic fluid. There ...

$24.00

Pathfinders - Leonardo Da Vinci Bridge Wood

Pathfinders - Leonardo Da Vinci Bridge Wood

This bridge, designed by Leonardo to be quick to build and take down, would have been used for swift movement of troops over rivers, critical to battle succcess for the armies at the time. With the pr...

$22.90

Pathfinders - Leonardo Da Vinci Catapult Wood

Pathfinders - Leonardo Da Vinci Catapult Wood

Leonardo da Vinci was a prolific inventor and artist who came up with new ideas and redesigned inventions from earlier times. This catapult is one of his redesigns from the medieval catapults of 400 o...

$39.95

Pathfinders - Leonardo Da Vinci Helicopter Wood

Pathfinders - Leonardo Da Vinci Helicopter Wood

Leonardo DaVinci developed a range of innovative devices that were revolutionary and considered experimental at the time. This device was tried at the time of invention and later by other inventors in...

$39.90

Pathfinders - Leonardo Da Vinci Ornothopter Wood

Pathfinders - Leonardo Da Vinci Ornothopter Wood

Leonardo Da Vinci developed a range of innovative devices that were revolutionary and considered experimental at the time. This device was tried at the time of invention and later by other inventors. ...

$55.00

Pathfinders - Leonardo Da Vinci Tank Wooden Construction Kit

Pathfinders - Leonardo Da Vinci Tank Wooden Construction Kit

Leonardo Da Vinci was a prolific inventor and artist who came up with amazing ideas for machines to attack and defend the Lords and Dukes of the time. This armored tank is a unique design that had...

$39.90

Pathfinders - Leonardo Da Vinci Trebuchet Wood

Pathfinders - Leonardo Da Vinci Trebuchet Wood

While Trebuchets were common siege engines in Medieval Times, Leonardo’s take on the most powerful weapon of the time was unique – his design used one main mast, different from all others before! B...

$39.90

Pathfinders - Medieval Catapult Wood

Pathfinders - Medieval Catapult Wood

The catapult has a long and interesting history. It has been around in many forms, evolving since about 400 BC. This model is based on the medieval styles that were used during the middle ages. Standi...

$32.00

Pathfinders - Medieval Siege Tower Wood

Pathfinders - Medieval Siege Tower Wood

The Siege Tower was use by invading armies to breach the walls of the castle they were attacking. They varied in size and construction, but the one we have here is typical of the styles used from abou...

$44.00

Pathfinders - Wooden Hydraulic Robotic Arm

Pathfinders - Wooden Hydraulic Robotic Arm

So we made one to give an opportunity to see how levers work and are applied in a cool machine. Lifting materials horizontally is important in some places, where an item has to stay level, so with a p...

$39.90

Pathfinders - Wooden Lift Bridge

Pathfinders - Wooden Lift Bridge

One of the most common types of bridges for freight trains, our Truss Design Lift Bridge is a working replica of the many lift bridges that have been made over the last 100 years. Lift bridges became ...

$33.00