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Bread & Butter Fingers | Tel: 07546 497945

Hello, my name is Mike; I design and build kinetic toys and automata. I use mainly timber but enjoy incorporating metals, fabrics, plastics and whatever else is available. My toys explore mechanical principles such as cams, cranks, levers and linkages. I base my designs on animal forms, robots, mythical animals, dinosaurs and whatever motif or theme I find myself attracted to. I began making kinetic and mechanical timber toys as part of my job as a teacher of craft design and technology, twenty seven years ago. I later expanded this into producing robust examples to entertain my own small children. I find producing mechanical toys and automata to be the perfect synthesis between craftsmanship, engineering and artistic expression. I love to

Croglin Toys | Tel: 01768 896405

I have always needed to be making things, as time has gone on these get more elaborate. The toys are the commercial side of this necessity. There are many of the earlier toys in the range ( I started in 1981) ,now it also includes items that are only possible with modern computer controlled tools, and many in between: I make small and large arks using David Plagersons animals. Spinning tops with instructions. Colourful moving hanging discs. Oak baby walkers and chairs. There is also a sophisticated sculpture set, a balancing set of 5 dolphins in UK hardwoods and more. Please see the web site for pictures and descriptions.

The Smithy, Croglin, Carlisle. CA4 9RX

David Plagerson Noah\'s Arks | Tel: 01803 866786

I trained as a painter at Camberwell School of Art. My initial inspiration came from the collection of European folk toys in the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood where I took my recently arrived Bangladeshi students. They and I responded to the simplicity of design, strength of colour and fluidity of brushstroke decoration. I became particularly interested in the Noah\'s Ark sets reinforcing my love of hand-held objects and collections that can be arranged as a tableau.

28 Bridgetown, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5AD

D B Crafts

e.mail | Tel: 01392 217128

I live in Exeter Devon and I have been making toys for about 20 years. Like my father who was always making toys for myself and my three brothers, I was interested in carrying on the tradition. I am trying to keep the tradition of wooden toy making alive and I am very interested in reviving old traditional toys. All my toys are made to British toy making standards. I am also chairman of the Mid Devon crafts guild. We take pride in our work and all our members produce products to a very high standard. I have recently produced items for local churches in the Devon area. Commissions are always welcome and I would be glad to make that special item for that very special person. More information can be obtained by contacting me on 07713619271

Doumdims Dolls | Tel: 07940 265610

Doumdims Dolls made by me who always love dolls. The dolls have bodies made of fabric and felt stuffed with polyester. I give them painted faces and dress them as their characters suggest. I never know what the making process has in store for me and am always surprised by the outcome. Each doll is a unique work of love and my hope is always to find them owners who will love them just as much as I do. Each doll comes with its own individual production number and certificate and a promise of my personal continuing interest in them. I am always happy to advise on cleaning and on any repairs they might need. I also accept commissions for portrait dolls based on clients personal photographs or my own drawings.

The Shambles, Higher Street, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9RB

Dr Zigs | Tel: 01248 511395

Dr Zigs Giant Bubbles are environmentally conscious and ethically sound. A full six years of research have gone into every bubble! Our bubbles are perfect for making friends, having fun, and building confidence. Dr Zigs giant bubbles and kits are helping to change the world one bubble at a time.

Eco Peggies | Tel: 07407 145911

Eco Peggies are hand-turned wooden toys from the Isle of Wight. Created on a small scale from basic elements, the simple peg doll forms are brought to life with cotton crochet to give them character.

Hellion Toys | Tel: 07956 899257

Based in the Forest of Bowland, Dr Hellion designs and crafts sustainable wooden toys that aim to foster open-ended play in preschool children

Hello Greens | Tel: 07311 480008

Tucked away in a small village besides the River Thames is where you will find creator Emily Archer and her collection of heirloom dolls. Each distinctive doll is handmade from an assortment of scrap materials foraged from the local Kentish surrounds. Each piece of Emily’s work consists of a very mixed medium, but she lists papiér-mâché and colour mixing with natural pigments as some of her favourite parts in each creation. Emily’s work features in both magazine and exhibits in the UK and can be purchased from a limited number of stores throughout Kent. All dolls re-homed from Hello Greens come with a sewn button and authenticity certificate. Please note that advertised items are considered a collective piece and not a toy appropriate for young children.

Jeremiah Steampotts Wooden Curiosities | Tel: 07917 130207

Hidden away in a corner of the Lake District, Jeremiah makes beautiful toys that are a joy to hold, and inspire creative play for all ages. Specialising in Diorama pieces, it all started with the humble small tree, Since then, working closely with wooden toy enthusiasts and a local nursery, the product range is constantly growing, and has spread to Rocks, Mountains, Bushes and an Ice Kingdom which includes the Snow Queen's Castle. All the items are made from FSC Certified Beech, and finished in Natural Oils and Water Based Paints. All toys are certified to EN71 for all ages.

East Barn, Stanger, Cumbria CA13 9TS

Love HeartWood | Tel: 07897 998586

Hi, I'm Liz Pearson, I am a woodturner who specialises in making simple and sustainable wooden products for families. My range of toys' called the Blue Sky Collection because it inspires kids with a love of nature and creative thinking. I like coming up with creative twists on old favourites. Like my pencils spinning tops that have recycled newspaper pencils, as their central spindle. As they spin, they generate unique patterns on the paper. My aim is to work in harmony with nature, so the majority of the wood I use is reclaimed, the rest being sustainably sourced. Plus, the paints and finishes used are plant-based, meaning they are eco and vegan friendly. I am also proud to say that for every toy I sell I give back by planting a tree. All toys conform to safety requirements and are CE marked. Toys can also be personalised and customised.

Mayflower Miniatures

John Alden, cooper on the Mayflower in 1621, maker of toys and automata in Sussex in 2020. My varied artistic career has included miniature painter, cartoonist, antique dealer, dolls house restorer and maker of dolls house furnishings. I worked with the Singing Tree from the early 1970's and then discovered automata at West Dean college in 2005. Tutored by Robert Race and inspired by the toys of Yootha Rose, both past chairs of BTG I try to bring originality to my creations.

Muttley the Toymaker | Tel: 01785 600732

Toymaking by my own definition is license to exaggerate the silliness and quirkiness of life that appeals to everyone who is a child at heart. I work in toys because I love the fun, the colour and the movement that this gives. My influences are many and varied from every day events to fairy tales, nursery rhymes, in fact anything with humour in it. I work principally in wood but will use a variety of other materials such as glass beads or easily worked metals. I especially enjoy making automata which provides a magic event to the turner of the handle and provides them with a great deal of pleasure.

9 Corporation Street, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST16 3LZ

Norman Williams

| Tel: 07812 610140

Hi I am Norman, having trained in carpentry, this led to a career in the building trade, I then changed to working for the NHS until I retired. Who would have known that the making of a chest for my granddaughter, would lead to a variety of other toys including a rocking horse and an ark with animals. I really enjoy making unusual things, including the Circles of Love and 3 dimensional block jig saw puzzle cubes.

Ophelia Dolls | Tel: 01580 752328

Hello, my name is Rachel. I make handcrafted heirloom dolls using traditional jointing methods and natural materials. Each doll is unique and comes wrapped in museum quality paper and a sturdy box. My background is in interior design though I've always favoured making things with my hands. After the birth of my children I really wanted to make them special gifts and so made the first doll as a present for our daughter which was both traditional and yet compliant with modern safety standards. Sustainability is important to me so the organic wool stuffing and doll hair has been locally sourced and is warm and naturally fire retardant. Passionate about traditional crafts and values...I am also a member of the Heritage Craft Association.

Hawkhurst, Kent

Phil Powell Designs

I create small runs of traditional wooden toys based on the movements of my favourite pop stars. All work is handmade in my workshop in North London.


Polly had a Dolly | Tel: 07980576953

Using pure natural materials, heritage craft skills and simple designs my dolls appeal to all the senses and inspire open-ended play. I love to design and make treasured, high quality dolls which will last for a lifetime of play. My dolls draw on Steiner philosophy which is used in Waldorf eduction. They have deliberately simple facial expressions to stimulate the creativity within your child, helping them to portray their feelings and emotions on to their doll and allowing them to engage in a deeper lever of play. My open eyed dolls are ideal for a daytime play companion and sleepy eyed dolls are perfect for bedtime as (according to sleep experts) they are more relaxing for your child. Of all the natural materials I use in my doll making, the British lambswool stuffing is the most important. It is the best filling for dolls as it absorbs your child’s body heat making it super comforting; it has a density and weight which is reassuring; and, pratically it is naturally antibacterial, eco friendly and fire-retardant. I provide full washing and care instructions with all my dolls. I care passionately about our the environment so I try to use natural materials and make dolls that will last. Each dolly comes with a dolly hospital pass where I will repair your dolly for its lifetime. All my dolls are CE marked and safe for children.

2 Bathurst Close, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0NA

Robert Race | Tel: 01225 863724

I have been a full time maker for over thirty years and my work has covered a wide range, from dolls’ houses and moving toys for children and adults to automata, kinetic sculpture and exhibition design. I try to make things which move in simple but interesting ways: Traditional moving toys have influenced me strongly, and I have travelled in Europe, Indonesia, Mexico, India and Japan in search of them. My work incorporates a wide range of natural, reused and recycled materials. Recently they include driftwood, which I like using firstly because collecting it involves business trips to the seaside, and secondly because its previous uses often still haunt it, and its time at sea builds its character.

6 St Margaret's Place, Bradford on Avon, Wilts, BA15 1DT

Stable Mates | Tel: 01953681393

Our wooden toys and pub games are the best of British quality craftsmanship and games will last for years and are sure to become toy box treasures. All our toys and games are handmade in our workshop in Suffolk using quality materials.We can also personalise gift from our online toyshop with a personal choice of name and colour.

Hopton Grange, Shortgrove Lane, Hopton, Suffolk, IP22 2RP

Teganau Tegid Toys | Tel: 07815 784728

I am a Toymaker based in North Wales , I pride myself on using loacal sourced hard woods , all our toys are cut on a scrollsaw and are hand painted by myself using non - toxic paints. I also take on commissions and do a Wooden Toy repair service.

The Little Toy Dog Company

Little Toy Dogs are fine quality, heirloom toys, designed by artist and illustrator Alice Wood and made by hand in her London studio. Original patterns are created from Alice's drawings and the dogs are sewn in mohair fur, wool felt and other fabrics. Each one has cotter pin jointed legs, glass eyes, and hand dyed and embroidered details which make every dog unique. They also have their own accessories: coats, collars, rosettes and scarves. They are highly characterful small textile sculptures, intended for older children and collectors. Alice trained in pattern cutting before studying BA Illustration at Camberwell School of Art and MA Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art.

Brockley, LONDON

The Rocking Horse Shop Ltd (The) | Tel: +44 (0)1759 368737

Our Rocking Horses are individually hand carved & finished in Yorkshire, England. �They are available only from us, the makers, so we are able to keep our prices affordable whilst maintaining the highest standard of quality. We also supply Plans, Books, DVD's, Courses, Timber and Accessories for woodworkers of all abilities.

Rocking Horse Yard, Main Street, Fangfoss, YORK, YO41 5JH

Tom Karen

| Tel: 01223 248382

I adore children and love designing toys and games for them. I have made a great variety of them, working with different materials, always robust, offering challenge and reward. And I value feed-back. The fruit, made for Louis - one of six grandchildren - has form, colour, names, can be stacked in a variety of ways and there are fifteen pieces for arithmetical exercises. And it is very easy to make.

Turner Handel Traditional Toys

Clare Pattinson (Turner Handel Traditional Toys) began making automata five years ago. It is the eclectic combination of skills: humour, illustration, caricature and mechanics that inspire her. With a background in ceramics, illustration and animation, it was whilst training to become a plumber, in 2009, that she began to think in a more mechanical way. She enjoys pulling items apart and examining them, and is not so worried about them breaking or not fitting back together again. In a world saturated with increasingly complex technology, these quirky mechanical toys show off their workings - springs, levers gears and cams. They creak into life and are delightful to engage with. Laughter, colour and movement are the elixir of art and life.

12, Caroline Square, Margate, Kent CT9 1SS.


Our toys are hand crafted using only natural materials such as leather and wood. We have travelled the world to festivals selling our toys. Countries visited include: Lofton Islands, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Faeroe Islands, United Kingdom Our reputation is second to none and we are known and respected by many in the Viking community. We teach children attending the events about the Viking tradition. They play for hours with our non technical toys, much healthier than alone with a computer game.

Wendover Wood | Tel: 01296 623869

Welcome to Wendover Wood! If you have a love of all things wooden then you have come to the right place. It is this love of wood that has led us to setup this small business based in Wendover, Buckinghamshire. We are a two man team that operates out of two garden workshops nestled between our own allotment and beautifully landscaped pond. We design and make our own range of handmade wooden animal ornaments, toys and puzzles. We combine the use of old fashioned techniques and modern equipment to created beautiful gifts for all ages. We are on Facebook - and on Not On The High Street -

91 Aylesbury Road, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, HP22 6JN

Toys With Tools | Tel: +44 (0) 7944 040688

Beautifully designed toys, handcrafted in hardwood, that encourage children to learn from the experiences associated with taking things apart and putting them back together. The more complex toys come with their own tools set, hardwood case and engraved brass plaque. These ‘toys’ appeal to a very wide age range. Some of the toys, particularly those targeted at the under 3’s, can be taken apart and put together again, without the use of tools, just by using fingers. All of the toys are finished to a high standard and as such may attract the attention of collectors, however, they are designed primarily to be played with. All products comply with the EN71 Toy safety standards.

Shire Cottage, Main Street, Tibthorpe, East Yorkshire, YO25 9LA

Speiliks | Tel: 01595 859621

We have been making wooden toys on our (very) small croft in Shetland since 1998. Our toys are inspired by everyday life here in the islands - crofting, inter-island ferries and aeroplanes. A lot of experimentation goes on in the workshop, especially with automata, and, because work is home and home is work, there is a great deal of discussion about what is possible, what is likely impossible and what could be lots of fun if only there was a way of achieving it.

The Smuggins, Bridge-End, Burra Isle, Shetland, ZE2 9LE

Rodney Peppe

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Toymaker and Illustrator


Thimble and Doll | Tel: 07868 635283