Monday, June 16, 2014

Waddling Penguins Return

I stopped making penguins in 1996 after my workshop fire. This month I have a delightful Czech toymaker, Jana working with me and so I thought it would be an ideal opportunity to return to them. They are bigger than before and have improved skis. Jana has made an excellent job of shaping and painting. They were originally inspired by waddling ducks made by Ron Fuller who had seen them in Nuremberg Toy Museum. I made them early in my toymaking career and they continued selling well for many years. 

A second portrait of Captain Woodget

Here is another portrait of dear old Captain Woodget, master of the Cutty Sark in its most successful period. This is painted on fragment of the rock elm hull ( you can see on the left the nail holes where the muntz metal was fixed)