This year saw my husband once again devoting a large portion of his spare time to toy-making. The usual array was joined by a couple new ones. One of the ladies that he works with has 2 daughters so each Christmas he has to find something new to make for them, and as they get older, the “toy” needs to be more adult-oriented. This year was jewelry boxes in two tones so they can tell them apart. These were made out of his experience and talent, no plans. I love the dark wood!!
Richard made me a train engine and coal car last year so this year I requested a flatbed to haul Christmas packages, and a caboose. The flatbed and caboose have no plans; they were created from the basic idea used for the engine then tinkered with to get the final look.
One of the other wood worker’s wife has started collecting some of our creations since falling in love with the pull-toy turtle. Last year she received a train engine so this year her train had to grow. Rather than the working train like mine, she has a passenger train. Like my flatbed and caboose, the passenger car had no plan but was made from an idea of what we wanted.
I’ve had comments on several of the posts about the toys and I just want to say thank you for your kind words. A few of you have asked for the plans for certain toys, which I will happily point you to the book or magazine from which they came if we can remember. Some toys (like the cradle) have been such a constant staple that we no longer even know where we found them. Other readers have shown interest in buying them but we do not make these for sale–at least not at this time. Maybe when my husband retires and finds out how bored he is. 😉