Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Christmas Toy

"The Bird Trap" (detail) by Konrad Grob, 1879

An almost a lost art- the act of making a child's toy for Christmas.

A whittled device, no matter how artful or ingenious, is hard-pressed to compete with shiny plastic or electronically augmented playthings.

A design problem solved with a knife and a pile of sticks.

A child's attention is focused as much on the process as the product.

A simple joy- watching hands in the act of creation.

By Professor Batty


Blogger Jono said...

Beats the hell out of going to the mall.

Blogger Professor Batty said...

Except for the splinters...

Blogger Rose said...

You guys are so pragmatic.

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