Are you looking for that perfect, hand made timber toy gift? Here's an interview in the local press describing what we do and what we can offer potential customers: https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/business/consumer/school-teacher-michael-screen-gains-international-orders-his-unique-wooden-toys-and-their-plans-his-business-my-shake-rattle-and-roll-3032300
I'm a member of the British Toymakers Guild
. I offer a range of hand crafted, bespoke and batch produced mechanical marvels to amuse the young and not so young at heart alike.
If you don't want to purchase a completed example, why not develop your ambition as a toymaker, and craftsperson by purchasing a detailed construction plan and tutorials to make it yourself? What could be more perfect than a hand made gift?
I opened this shop to combine and reconcile some of my biggest interests; Mechanical playthings, woodworking and traditional folk art. You may be an aspirational hobbyist, semi-retired or retired, an educator, a craftsperson or a student looking for inspiration. This shop shares some of my skills and experiences as an educator, toymaker and crafts person of over thirty years. It combines a love of basic mechanical principles with the joys of shaping and fitting components crafted from a range of timbers, plastics and manufactured boards; A turn of the wheel, handle or propeller is all that is needed to add the final magic to bring the toy to life. I recently published a book of five, practical toy making projects for the Crowood Press entitled; Make your own Amazing Mechanical Marvels.
The downloadable plans offer a wealth of visual information to enable the reader to carefully craft each of the mechanical marvels contained within. They have proven to be adored by both children and the young at heart alike. Some examples have passed to a new generation and wear their patination of age and use with pride. Each project is accompanied by clear, sequential, step by step instructions including templates to successfully produce each example.
Purchase a family heirloom or begin making your own today! Enquiries and commissions are welcome.