(at the workbench) – the apprentice

 last week ended unexpectedly with a sick kiddo, but here they are finally finished toy tool sets for the young woodworker’s apprentice .  I’ve listed a couple sets today and will probably be able to finish of two or three more sets with the remaining beautiful walnut that i’ve been working with.

i’ll also have another finished project to share later on this week too… hope you’re having a great week and enjoying gorgeous spring weather!

(at the workbench) – shake me

simplicity is often best…
here is one of the couple projects I’ve been working on this week. 

I love the native hardwoods I used and the beautiful contrasting wood grainsand the playfulness of the maple and cherry wood spots against the recessed holes that masquerade as spots as well and how all together this detail conceals where the shaking rattles sound is coming from!…..This is one of the things I like most about rattles…. 

that they create a bit of a puzzle for the little ones. I can remember when my daughter was young how she amused herself by making wonderful little sounds as she moved through the house. How wonderful it is to be a little noise maker!
I’ve combined the classic wooden toy with another everlasting childhood toy: stacking blocks
what better fun than to stack, tumble, tip, shake and of course general happy baby noise making!

(at the workbench) – very little

It is true ….  little things are very sweet ….

this week, as the rabbits overrun my workbench,  some wee babies have just been born ….

I wasn’t sure how small the wee ones would be, but as it turns out the baby bunnies are smaller than a pine cone

and still even smaller than a clothes pin …

Here are their parents Mr. Long Ears and Mama Hears a Sound (just in case you haven’t had a chance to meet them), they are so very happy to at last have the little ones near by …

the bunnies are they haven’t open their wide eyes…. but they will (and I hope you’ll be able to visit with them again soon!)

And a little note This Saturday I will be returning to my process feature sharing traditions of woodworking,  toy making, and of old and perhaps forgotten crafting techniques.  If you have time,  please come visit again.

at the workbench – At Baby’s Farm

Baby finds his first toys … his own little hands are great discoveries … and just beyond those little hands, baby goes on to reach out to his world beyond …

by taste and by touch … baby learns …. grasping and holding, turning and even biting … a baby’s world is learned closeup.

… at the workbench this past week  … I have been at work on a *Farm for the littlest people….

… little creatures for even littler hands  … I love these simple wooden toys that grow with the youngest child … little toys that gain in character as baby learns his first words

…a first pretend play set …where a little wooden bunny teether learns to hop along a trail and a little wooden chick can build a nest and speak and snuggle with other farm yard friends.
Even the simplest toys are ever changing in a young one’s world.