I am John, a maker of wooden toys. My intent here is to post about children and their toys. There will also be a bit about my toys and how I make them. We can watch how it evolves as the intentions continue and/or morph. See a list of recent posts in the column at the right. –>
About the toymaker –
Fine woodworking has been my living for nearly four decades and a family tradition for more than a century, starting with my great-grandfather in the Black Forest. Upon completing his cabinetmaking apprenticeship Great-grandfather sailed to America in 1867. Here he taught and worked with his son, my grandfather. I see the results of their partnership in the ornate wood interiors of many churches and public buildings in my home town, Danville, Illinois.
Over one hundred years later, I continue their tradition in fine hardwood toys. My apprenticeship began in my father’s basement workshop and ended with a degree in Forest Science and Design at the University of Illinois. But, it was really the following years in my storefront workshop that taught me how to make durable wonderful toys. After moving to Madison in 1982 I am still learning every day. I build each toy with care, using Wisconsin sustainably harvested hardwoods purchased from a 3rd generation family-owned lumber company. These woods are durable, beautiful and timeless. I want my toys to furnish an alternative to some of the throw-away aspects of life today.
John Michael Linck • Maker of fine wooden toys at http://www.woodentoy.com
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