This is a photo of my riding airplane toy made of Wisconsin Red Oak. One like it was the first toy I made back in 1976.
“The only trouble with designing and working in wood is that it has the advantage – or disadvantage, however you look at it – of being beautiful in itself…take a piece of wood – plane, sand and oil it, and you will find it is a beautiful thing. The more you do to it from then on, the more chance that you will make it worse. Therefore, working with a material of such natural beauty, I feel that we have to design very quietly and use simple forms.”
Tage Frid – from his book Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking – 1979