Please help me find a book on toy making from the 1960s or 1970s (and that I read in the 1990s).
Hi peeps, I'm trying to remember the name of a book that I took out several times in junior high back in the early 90s. I'm pretty sure it would have gone into the discard pile a long time ago :-) I really loved it, but was not expecting it to be so hard to find.
This is what I remember:
- Black and white photographs, line drawings for the patterns
- Cover was blue with black and white photographs
- It seems it would have been published in the 1960s or 1970s
- It was not exclusively aimed at young people
- All the projects were made from wood, but it wasn't a woodworking guide
- It was square in shape and probably about 80 pages
- The title was something like every other wood toy making book out there :-(
- English language and hardcover
The projects included a castle, castle residents (I traced these onto balsa wood :-)), a catapult, a siege tower, a modern bungalow dollhouse, wooden boxes with a combination lock, possibly a puzzle or two like a tanagram, an elephant with a mahout. The projects were pretty unique and charming.
I started my search on Alibris and ABE, and went to World Cat to narrow it by year and got a decent list of titles, but looking them up on Google gives me results that I don't remember and that don't sound like the book. Or, sellers have not provided a photo of the book. Woe! I can tell you that the book is:
- Not part of a series or published by a sponsor (Dover, Sunset, Time-Life, WOOD etc)
- Not by Richard Blizzard
- Not the Make It Yourself Toy Book by Frederick Gillson and Robert Reeves
The castle project I remember the best because it was the one I made the figures, as well as a cardboard model of the doll house. This is the most that I can remember about the figures - sketch here