Automata and original heirloom toys

Cambridge, United Kingdom · 60 Sales


Automata and original heirloom toys

Cambridge, United Kingdom 60 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Last updated on Oct 14, 2015

Contemporary automata

Philip Lowndes

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Philip Lowndes


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Automata and original heirloom toys.

Although my professional life took a different course I have always had a penchant for designing and making. In the 80's I had a small but thriving side business making wooden boat puzzles using a team of outworkers. My work was purchased and exhibited in the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in the Louvre Paris in their Le Jouet De Bois exhibition, winter 1987. One of my fishing boats was also featured in the May 1987 edition of Crafts, the UK craft council magazine. This enterprise came to an abrupt halt when we moved as a family to Switzerland in 1990.
Over the last 10 years I have been designing, making and selling automata to collectors but now 24 years after I last made a puzzle boat I have redesigned my boats for production in smaller quantities by myself and now instead of toys as heirloom pieces using quality european hardwoods instead of pine.
More modern technology goes into the creation but this improves quality and makes production viable once again.
New technologies also bring new design opportunities and I have some exciting new designs that I am developing and hope to eventually start producing once I have decided that the design is mature.

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Last updated on August 25, 2014
Welcome to my shop where you can find original wooden items all designed by me and crafted in my workshop.

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Where custom engraving is ordered shipping will be within 10 days of order.
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