AMERICAN FOLK TOYS How to Make Them Author:Dick Schnacke American Folk Toys How to Make Them — This Practical and entertaining handbook shows how anyone can make folk toys at home. In the days before toys were commercially manufactured, parents and children made their own from wood, scraps of cloth, corncobs, or whatever was at hand -- but today the old toy-making crafts have almost disappeared. Relyin... more »g on his own research and on the help of folklorists, Dick Schnacke presents instructions, diagrams, and lists of materials needed to make many classic American folk toys -- from skill and action toys to puzzles, tops, dolls, and games. Here are not only conventional items like the apple doll and the cornstick fiddle but also such exotic amusements as the flipperdinger and the skyhook. Inexpensive and ingenious, all these toys are as delightful to make as they are to play with. as Mr. Schnacke says, "Folk toys are fun!"
Penguin Living Crafts is a series that brings a personal dimension to the exploding crafts revival. All of its volumes are written by devoted craftsmen who share their know-how -- and their enthusiasm -- with the reader. Attractively designed and richly illustrated, these books range over crafts of all kinds, from bookbinding to gardening, from toy-making to picture-framing. if you want to learn crafts from people who know and love them, Penguin Living Crafts is your answer.« less