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



3 Comments:

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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