Appalachian Toy Making with John Alexander

UpcomingAppalachian Toy Making with John Alexander

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  • Appalachian Toy Making with John Alexander
    February 19, 2022
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Appalachian Toy Making
Instructor: John Alexander
Class Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022
Class Time: 12-3pm
Class Fee: $35
Materials Fee to instructor: $5
Skill: All; Age: 12+

Appalachian Toy Making

Have you ever wondered what makes a “Jack Jump”, a “Buzz Saw”, or how a “Whimmy Diddled?” Then sign up for this fun introduction to Appalachian toy making.  The class will be introduced to these three classic Appalachian toys, the jumping jack, the buzz saw, and the whimmy diddle.

We will discuss each toy and its history as well as some folklore and humor connected to each one.  After an introduction to shop safety and the care and use of each tool we will get started.

The students will utilize mostly hand tools like files, rasps, hand drills, and coping saws to construct these toys.  While power tools like the scroll saw and drill press are available with staff supervision, students will be encouraged to make the toys using hand tools. The class will take approximately 2 hours.

The class will be taught by John Alexander who learned his toy making skills from his father in the 50s and 60s.  Come prepared to leave with some great family toys and stories.

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