The projects in Turning Toys can serve as a base for almost limitless variation, so you can put your own stamp on each object you create. Repetition is the key to mastering any craft, so these projects are in part skill-builders that you can repeat and thereby hone your Most woodturners have children in their lives who would appreciate a hand-turned toy or several. Repetition is the key to mastering any craft, so these projects are in part skill-builders that you can repeat and thereby hone your turning techniques. You can get plenty of practice when small kids can t have too many peg dolls, things on wheels, or arches for creating buildings, farmyards, and so on. You ll see ways of salvaging a situation when things go wrong, as they inevitably do when you have a catch or the wood splits. Disasters become design opportunities.
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In the course of his 35 year career Raffan has written highly regarded books for woodturners on design and technique. We live in an increasingly digital age.
Toddlers and small children operate keypads and tablets with ease and are encouraged to do so. Re-enter toys that are tactile and encourage physical skills to do with balance and motion as well as an understanding of size, shape and colour, not to mention the development of imagination.
And what could be better than a child receiving a wooden toy made with love by a relative or friend? In Turning Toys, Raffan firstly addresses issues of safety regarding toy design highlighting possible hazards and desirable features. Chapters on tools and techniques outline the requirements for completing the 18 projects in the book.
The projects cover a wide variety of toys. There are racing cars, wheely bugs, teethers, rattles and spinning tops. Peggies are small figurines that can be turned and painted to take on whatever personality or identity the maker chooses. Balance trays, skittles and stackers are toys that will encourage fine motor skills to develop. Wands, goblets and turned fruits and vegetables will promote imaginative play.
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