Category Archives: Woodworking

Handmade Lord of the Rings Wooden Toy Figures

I first read The Hobbit when I was in the 5th grade after receiving it as a gift from my parents. I loved this book and immediately began reading The Lord of the Rings afterward. At that age some of The Lord of the Rings went a little over my head, and it took me a while to get through, but I trudged on anyway captivated by the setting, the characters and their adventures. It all seemed so real and fantastic! I longed to be IN that world, to walk down that road from Hobbiton on an adventure of my own. Even now I find it difficult not to think of Middle Earth while hiking through the woods and exploring any trail I might find myself on. Although I’ve read many fantasy and science fiction books since, I always come back to Tolkien’s works as my favorites.

Naturally, now that I have kids of my own I want to share this world with them. I began telling my two sons stories from the books (my 4-year-old especially enjoyed hearing about Moria and the Balrog), but I also wanted to give them something to play with. I chose to make wooden figures of two of my favorite, and most well known characters, Mr. Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey.

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Handmade Wooden Space Toys

As a kid I can remember making wooden boats to race down the stream behind our house and wooden swords to fend off trolls in the forest, but that has been the extent of my experience creating wooden toys until recently. After having kids (two boys) and being overwhelmed by the explosion of plastic toys everywhere, I decided to create my own, more classic wooden figures for them to play with.

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Handmade Wooden Gnome Toy Figures

When I came across Resurrection Fern’s post on whittling wooden gnomes from found sticks, I loved the idea so much I had to try it myself!

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