Delight your children and grandchildren by making these fabulous vintage toys. Author Chris Reid takes you through the making process, giving clear advice and helpful tips to show how to make toys from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. There are 15 projects to choose from, including diabolo, yo-yo, skipping rope, spinning tops, quoits and skittles and more complicated toys such as a kaleidoscope, walking cow, dog and pig. This book includes basic techniques, such as making jigs and turning spheres and cylinders, as well as advice on wood and finishes that are safe for children's toys.
Chris Reid trained as an engineer and worked in industry for several years before becoming a fireman. He got his first lathe at 15 and has been woodturning for more than 50 years. Now retired, Chris makes these toys for his own amusement and for children's parties. He lives in Brighton.