Monday, May 18, 2015
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
(Sidebar - check out the phone attached to the wall, complete with a dial, and a springy cord)
A big part of toy making - especially toy cars, trucks, airplanes, etc. - is wheels. Our first wheels were made by hand by us using a hole saw. A drill makes a hole, but sort of peels out the the wood from the hole. A hole saw has a central small drill to guide the circular saw, and an outer round saw that cuts a circle.... result - a wheel. Our hole saw had about 6 different saws that could be changed out to create different sized wheels.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Above and below, Elizabeth carefully sands the sides and bottom of the Rolls Royce, and lightly "rolls" over the edge between the sides and bottom.
Below, Don uses the 1 inch wide vertical belt sander to work on the edges, making them smooth like Marko and Carol wanted them to be. They were right - they looked a lot better! Just a side note that we used our income tax refund for that year to buy the $69 vertical belt sander!
Monday, May 4, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Looking over the table, you can see some of the toys already mentioned. There is a climbing bear, and a flying butterfly hanging in the back corner of the table. Front and center are a couple of the helicopters I mentioned earlier. At the back of the circle of cars is the Rolls Royce I have been talking about. I'll fill you in on the other cars later. The 4-car train is there, along with what we called a cement mixer. I have been recently informed that it is actually a concrete mixer! Beside the cash box is one of my very earliest designs - the bee pull toy, complete with spinning wings. The basket is full of little wooden cars. More about wheels later, but the wheels on the little wooden cars in the basket are ones we made ourselves.
We were all just lined up along the sides of a dirt parking lot down near the inlet at the foot of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY - most folks were selling produce, plants, etc, but there were quite a few crafts people. Potters, woodworkers, a toy maker (us), etc. Side note - I still use a cutting board purchased from friends Chris and Ginny Gartlein at the Ithaca Farmer's Market.
I'll go back to Rolls Royce making in the next post, but I wanted you to see that we actually made and sold wooden toys!