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Blog entry by LeeinEdmonton posted 12-20-2011 08:03 PM 1520 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

because like Decembers previously it came time to turn in toys donated at Xmas for children of needy families. There is a small niche that you pass to get to the kitchen & I kinda glance into this niche through the course of the year so gonna hafta get into the shop and start adding to the niche for next Xmas.

There is a dinosaur, 3 macaw jigsaw puzzles, 2 waddling ducks, 2 hand pump rail cars, 2 shoelace tops, & 2 monarch caterpillars which are articulated & have a rotating ball in each body section. The caterpillars are a favorite this year because it is colorful & full of action.

Thanks for looking.


-- Lee

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#1 posted 12-21-2011 02:51 AM

I have been really inspired by your work. Do you use your own designs?
Do you ever do anything but toys?


-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#2 posted 12-21-2011 04:51 AM

I turned 80 this year & I no longer do large projects mainly because there is only so much room in the house for shop made items & toys help me to maintain my skills without cluttering up the house. I do utilize plans such as David Wakefields book on animated toys. However, a professional toy maker has to keep his designs simple & quick to make in order to earn a living. Hence there are few toys that I make from plans that I do not modify in some manner. For example the waddling ducks deviate from his plan in that the wings are seperate from the body allowing the use of contrasting wood. The duck’s head also “quacks” and is driven by a push rod riding a cam mounted on the real axle. When I paint a toy(I hate painting) I apply my own color schemes such as the caterpillar in the pic or the rail cars as well as the dinosaur. I use non-toxic water based paint that is commonly used by schools.
If you google up “LeeinEdmonton” you will see some of the other projects that I have built.

-- Lee

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#3 posted 12-21-2011 05:04 AM

Lee, Those toys are works of art! You will make some needy children very happy on Christmas morning.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 12-21-2011 05:36 AM

Lee, ready to load up with hardwoods again? Give me a shout when you are, I just finished a couple projects with oak and have a bunch of odd toy shaped pieces. We will fill your trunk again.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#5 posted 12-22-2011 06:20 AM

Randy: What a kind thought but a friend that imports machinery from Tennessee (?) via flatbed truck ends up with a lot of 4×4 x 4ft. blocking. He came by last week with a pickup truck load & now I have no room for more wood at present. It is amazing in that in the past those 4×4’s are species that range from red oak, cherry, birch, aspen, & maple. I do appreciate you thinking of me & Iam sorry that I just cant handle it at present.


-- Lee

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