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Turning Vintage Toys
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When the only toys were wooden toys, every home with children had wooden tops, a set of wooden skittles and more than one skipping rope with wooden handles. This book allows woodturners to recreate these and many other wooden toys for the children of today. There are step-by-step instructions for making the toys, complete with drawings and photos (both of the completed toy and of stages in its construction). The book begins with a section titled Knowledge where the author draws together information about wood and the tools that are to be used for the projects, dealing also with finishing and the turning of spheres (which are common in toy designs). The list of toys includes practically all of the 'standards' as well as many that may be less well known. There are Play Mice and Pencil Tops, Stacking Disks, a Yo- Yo and Skittles. Then there are Pecking Chickens, Table Quoits, a Woodpecker and a Music Man, as well as a Ball and Cup, a Diavolo and a Walking Penguin. The graphic treatment of the book is bright and energetic, as if the author wants to impress upon the reader that making toys should be as much fun for the woodturner as the toys will be to the children who play with them. Certainly, the work is not difficult, but it is sure to be interesting and making the full complement of the toys in this book would absorb many pleasant hours in the workshop. When I first picked up this book I was immediately inspired to make some toys. Each of the 15 projects are now on my "to do" list and I think I can make them all. The step-by-step directions and photos make the process easy to follow and do-able! Although there are almost a dozen pages dedicated to tools and jigs, this book is not about teaching how to use the lathe. It's about creating vintage toys. Each project is presented in a enticing, fun, and colourful format, complete with the "how to" information as well as tips on adapting the plans and using the toy. In order to review "Turning Vintage Toys" I thought I should try my hand at making one of the projects. Now, my experience on the lathe at that time was, well, exactly seven pens. That's it. Limited skill and limited tools. But that cute little mouse, the first project in the book, just begged to be made. Following Chris Reid's clear instructions I worked my way through the steps and I proudly made a mouse! Now, it didn't look exactly like the one in the book but it was definitely a mouse. And that funny little mouse was soon joined by two more - each one cuter than the last. While following the directions I realized how much about turning I have learned at LumberJocks.com. As I said, "Turning Vintage Toys" is not written to teach how to turn, although there are many turning tips scattered throughout the book, but with some basic knowledge the directions are easily completed - as proved by my nest of mice! My confidence level has grown leaps and bounds and now maybe I'll try making the Skittles Game. My Ratings of The Book Layout and Appearance: Colourful, fun, concise. Thumbs Up! Instructions: Easy to follow, not a lot of reading to do. Thumbs Up! Project Selection: Fun. Fun. Fun. Can't wait to make them all. Thumbs Up! Overall: Thumbs Up! "Turning Vintage Toys" is definitely a book to have in your collection if you have children, grandchildren, make toys for charities, or just are young at heart! I loved this book and the thing of it is, is that it stirs up those imaginative juices to come up with other toy ideas. I think you will like the book as well. Hone up those gouges and put a new edge on your parting tools turners, because here are 15 fun toys to make for the little ones in your life. From yoyo's to a walking penguin author Chris Reid shows you exactly how it's done. From a simple ring toss to a skipping rope to pull toys to a diavolo. Don't know what a diavolo is? Page 128 not only tells you but in a few more pages the author shows you exactly how to turn the toy. This is a great book for the beginning turner and a real fun book for the more experienced. Sometimes even the master turner needs a break and Reid's book provides that respite. I'll be seeing those wood chips flying as I put together a couple of diavolos for the kids in my life.

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