|Forum topic by GnarlyErik||posted 08-14-2014 09:55 PM||1605 views||1 time favorited||36 replies|
08-14-2014 09:55 PM
Stefang, ‘an American Living in Norway’ has suggested a forum topic for toys and has taken the initiative to suggest this to the site’s moderator. If you search Lumberjocks for ’toy’, you will come up with 235 pages of projects tagged with the word ‘toy’. These range from very simple to very elaborate indeed – with a total of 3525 projects as of today. Using the plural ‘toys’ to search, you get another eight pages with 112 projects, though I’m sure there probably is some duplication. Using the term ‘kid’ there are 35 projects, mostly toys. Using ‘Child’ you find 78 projects. The point is, toys are very popular woodworking projects.
This day and time there is a surfeit of cheap, sometimes nice, but more commonly, ugly plastic toys, some of which can have useful functional lives measured in mere seconds and minutes. Usually they are colorful, loud and mostly need batteries. Children are naturally drawn to loud, flashing and bright things. They also like things which they can manipulate with their hands and this is your opportunity to give them an interesting, well-made toy which will last. If it does something, like roll along the floor, or make a noise all the better. Children will play with anything they can use their imaginations and build things with – like simple wooden blocks – for hours. For example, you as a woodworker can go far beyond the ‘ABC’ ready made blocks by making them in various widths and lengths, rounds, roof slopes, etc. I’ve seen my little grandson spend thirty minutes building something just so he could knock it down with his truck – and then start all over again.
I agree with Stefang that the making of toys is a very popular activity for woodworkers, as it has apparently been from the beginning of civilization. Most hand crafted wooded toys are treasured by their owners (and the owners’ parents!) and often passed down to new generations. As envisioned, this ‘topic’ would be a place for toy makers to post discussions, questions, share designs, methods, stories, etc., etc. I am aware of several others who like to make toys too. If you are interested in this topic, please encourage our moderator!
-- Candy is dandy and rum sure is fun, but wood working is the best high for me!