Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Workshop Wednesday - McCoy Toys

Today marks the third installment of a new weekly blog series titled Workshop Wednesday. Each Wednesday will feature either a tutorial by yours truly or another talented artist or artisan, or a snapshot of an artist's creative process. This week's Workshop Wednesday features John and Emily of McCoyToys, a husband and wife team who create items that are both practical and attractive. They value the quality of their products and are passionate about what they do; their motto: “No batteries are required to operate our toys, just imagination.”


Today McCoy Toys will take you through the process of creating one of their fantastic hand-crafted wooden toys.

First we start with a piece of wood; then John marks his pattern & begins cutting.


Next it goes to Emily for finishing…


An application of Gesso prepares the wood to accept the color…..necessary for lighter colors.

After at least 2 coats of Gesso; sand the surface until smooth..


After the paint has dried over night, we are ready to put on either natural or black wheels that we also paint. Need wood glue, axles & a hammer.


The finished product…


Ready to tag & put on the stock shelf!


Thank you McCoyToys for sharing your artistic process with us! Be sure to check out their shop for more great handmade toys.

3 comments:

Paperelle said...

Ooh, how cute! Great feature!

kim* said...

Thanks for sharing :)

Brock said...

What a great job!! Adorable wooden toys...