Toymaking is one of the oldest and simplest of woodcrafts. It has brought satisfaction to craftsmen and joy to countless generations of children. Although it is commonly referred to within the Guild just as the Toy SIG, this group also covers the making of Games and Models.
Be they large and complex, or small and simple, toys are relatively easy and straightforward to make. Some require only hand tools; others are best made using powered tools such as a drill press, band saw, belt sander and lathe. All of these are available to members at The Shed. Games can be much more demanding on the craftsman, often requiring extreme precision in fabrication and assembly. Models, especially true scale models, can also be very demanding and time-consuming, requiring accurate work with very small pieces of wood.
The Toy SIG holds a large number of plans for a wide variety of toys, as well as a range of jigs made over the years for speed and quality of toy and model making. These are available for the exclusive use of Toy SIG members. The Guild also has a substantial supply of both common and exotic timbers suitable for toy, game and model making for sale at nominal cost.
The Toy SIG meets at the Shed at 1:30pm on the first Sunday. Owen Stewart is the co-ordinator of the Toy SIG and he can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org