In high school I purchased a set of metal spoked wheels to put on Noah’s Ark that I had carved. Over the years the unfinished ark disappeared and the wheels ended up hanging from a piece of string over my bench.
I’ve often looked at these wheels and thought about building a pull toy. I was too busy. There were birds to carve and the house always needed work.
About a month ago I began to draw elephants. I scribbled elephants on the borders of meeting minutes and on restaurant placemats. I found some time to work in the shop and remembered those wheels (in the meantime another pair had appeared on the same string.).
Long story short…I’m carving pull toys. I’ve begun to sketch a series — a long series.
These are fun and take my work in a new direction. I love to carve birds, but I am getting great satisfaction drawing all of the animals that fascinated me as a child.
The Pull-Toy Series No. 1 – Elephant
The Pull-Toy Series No. 2 – Giraffe
The Pull-Toy Series No. 3 – Zebra
The Pull Toy Series No. 4 – Hippopotamus