- All 93
- WoodBook 8
- Wooden Farm Animals 11
- Carved Wild Animals 16
- African Animals 8
- Wooden Sea Animals 7
- Father, mother, child 8
- Carved Nativity 10
- Creatures from the Tales 4
- not made by man 9
- Do it yourself 3
- Naive Art 9
Noelia Abril Vidal on Mar 18, 2017
Incredible custom wooden toy from my boyfriend's drawing. Not only the result is magnificent and 100% true to what I asked, he is also a wonderful person, very fast, very attentive and very very patient. He is an artist 10 and a person 10 as well. Thank you very much for making me so happy with my camel!! The camel is sooo loved!! http://facebook.com/camelloamorfo http://instagram.com/camelloamorfo
WoodBooks and wooden toys
In this shop you will find the original Baumstammbuch. Books made from one tree trunk, chopped up into pages. Inside figurines to take out, hand-carved with care. And you find wooden toys, animals carved from wood, simple and smooth, sweet but not funny, a pleasure to touch and joy to look at.
Already as a student I worked with a manufacturer of Waldorf animals. What I learned was the importance of the simple form, the true gesture, the warm, natural material, the absence of detail and anatomy, the freedom of child-imagination and harmony. More and more I developed an aversion against modern plastic toys, war-toys, so called fantasy-toy, electronic toys. Childhood seems to me so worthy, the quiet play, the ever creative, never ending child own fantasy. I decided to dedicate my life the task of child-education. And there were two more passion of my own I had to use: First, my hands skillfulness and the pursue to create something beautiful. Second my addiction to nature, everything that grows and lives.
After study of art and art-therapy I went to Russia, first to Moscow then to the far away countryside. There I lived on my own. Water from the well, fire to cook, garden to feed yourself and animals, who help you - a most simple way of life, hard and self-sustainable. Chopping firewood everyday I marveled about the beauty of wood. The absence of machines, sometimes electricity at all, I began in the long winter evenings to cut figurines out of the chopped wood. And it was only a small step to the invention of the WoodBook.
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Born in Munich, Germany in 1964. Gardening, painting and woodworking was my passion in childhood, lived in America for a year, traveled a lot to Italy, France and India, lived 10 years in Russia as art-teacher, now back in Germany with 4 children.
Idea: It is important to me to create something beautiful and useful. My animals are cute but not funny, simple, but not coarse, smooth, but not too much. Holding it in your hands, you will feel: It is made by hand and it is all natural.
I love all different types of wood, but most animals I make in alder wood. It is of warm color, smooth, strong enough not to break but not too hard to be carved. It grows in our valley. So does other beautiful wood I use, as birch, walnut, beech, oak, apple, cherry... Each item is carefully cut, sanded smooth, and the edges are slightly rounded and hand sanded to make sure they're friendly for little hands. Most animals are left natural so children can project their own colors onto them, stimulating imagination! We finish each item with beeswax or natural oil which is rubbed in and buffed for sheen and to help seal the wood.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Other Method
We will ship anywhere in the world! We always pack carefully and nicely, we know presentation is important. Wooden animals are quite unbreakable, there is no risk of damage during shipping. We try to recycle boxes and envelopes. If you need new wrapping materials for gifts, please let me know in advance and we will do our best.
Please notice: I ship from Germany. It takes an average of two weeks to arrive for instance to the US. Sometimes it might be a month but luckily this does not happen often.
For ready to ship merchandise, I will ship the next business day after receiving payment. This does not apply to made to order items. Please allow a standard two or three days for me to make these items.
Refunds and Exchanges
Additional policies and FAQs
Please have in mind: Yes – it is to show to children, but not so much to play for them. Parts can be lost, maybe broken, small children might try to swallow... So give it to children in appropriate age. Sometimes a figure doesn´t go in or out easily. Try it from the other side – never use force, only delicateness.
The opposite is true with my wooden animals. They are made to be played with more then one generation. They are save and stable.