David Wakefield

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Location: Millfield, Ohio

I have been designing and creating toys in the wilds of southeastern Ohio for about 35 years.

My first toy design was a howling wolf about two feet tall, which I eventually put rockers under ( to make it somewhat useful), but, not before I took it out into the field one evening behind the barn where I was living and working, and let it howl at the moon (yes, a full moon and yes, figuratively).

That is, of course, where I discovered the logo of my business (to be). It started with that image of the Earth’s natural wildness. Each of us yearns for that wildness at a very deep level, even though (as with the wolf) there is quite often a bit of fear associated, whether founded or not. There is something about the raw guileless innocence of all animals, especially wild ones, that makes us feel alive and inescapably rooted in the present, even if only momentarily. Stand by the bars of the Jaguar’s cage at the zoo and look into his eyes. You know exactly what I mean.

Children know this without us telling them. They are so clear that little can stand in the way of their simple love for all animals. They are the ones that can’t resist the stray cat. They are the ones who go down by the water to pick up frogs and salamanders and bring home turtles. They are the ones out on the ferry boat who have to keep throwing bread up to the seagulls even though everyone is getting crapped on. They are the ones who will do anything to see the baby calf be born, and go out in the dead of night to see if they’re o.k. These are our children. They know, even as we may start to forget.

This is why I make toy animals. I try to capture the elemental character of the creature with line and movement, and then bring the animals of the natural world into our living rooms, with all their inherent wildness and innocence that so clearly mirrors, attracts, engages and enlivens our children.

My larger dream is to grow this little enterprise to the point where I can help stimulate the use of our two underdeveloped resources in this poor part of the country: our forests and our people. I’d like to increase the use of our renewable resources in this area by encouraging small land owners to manage their forests sustainably, and combine the resulting wood with our unemployed to produce toys for our children, and jobs for their parents.

-- David Wakefield

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added project The Loco Lobster 02-14-2014 12:12 PM
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added project Animated Hardwood Turtle Pull Toy 12-26-2013 05:25 PM

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#1 posted 12-21-2013 05:14 PM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy !
Because I often get asked questions by new members I’ve included the answers to the most( FAQ) along with my welcoming message to LJs.
You should know that posting questions or projects here (your profile page) will not get you very many responses’ just because it’s your profile page not part of a main forum. To post in a main forum read below.
Want to know how to post something?
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#2 posted 09-03-2016 02:48 PM

Hello my name is Darrien Bacon ,I have recently purchased one of your books. I was wondering if I could have permission to sell the toys that I make.

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David Wakefield

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#3 posted 09-03-2016 04:43 PM

Sorry Darrien,

but as it says in the book, I am making toys for a living and my designs are published for you to enjoy making toys for friends and family. They cannot be made for resale. I hope you will respect my need to make a living from my design work. My first book “how to make animated toys” has a great chapter on designing your own toys!

David Wakefield

-- David Wakefield

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#4 posted 03-21-2021 06:39 PM

How do you calculate lengths and placements of articulating segments of legs?
Placement of Anchoring points to body, placements of centers of rotation of segments and offset anchor points on wheels to assure appropriate motion, avoid recurvation of segments and lift if desired of proximal segment to move another portion as in Happy Hound.

-- Grandude1,VA

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