Shortly after arriving in Asheville, North Carolina, we decided to take a short trip from our home base. We headed south on I-26 for about 70 miles through some beautiful scenery.
The Tractor and Trailer above measured over 48 inches in length. I was sure there was a story behind this skilled work.
Vern described it as "recovery from surgery" work. He found information about a company called Toys and Joys, which "...is a plan, and pattern company that provides full-size drawings (18" x 24") for making detailed wood models and toys.
Patterns for building construction vehicles, cars, trains, trucks, military vehicles, and children's toys are available for purchase.
So basically, wheels and dowels are the "kit."
Lastly, the company adds: "You still need to cut out the body, frame, fenders, etc. out of your wood, following the pattern. The Band Saw is the tool of choice for most of the cutting in your shop."
Fortunately, Vern has the band saw--and other tools--necessary to perform the detailed work involved in the construction of the vehicles shown here. I commented on tracks of the Dozer that moved with the toy as it was guided across the floor.
I looked at the patterns that showed the steps to cutting out the pieces of each tread and
The Road Grader (below) was a little over 24 inches long.
The company notes: "Our goal at Toys and Joys, Inc. is simple; We want to provide a product that gives immense pleasure and satisfaction to our customer. A plan/pattern of the highest quality, and one that is easy to work with, which allows our customer to be successful with the finished product" (toysandjoys.com).
Well, I would add that "in the hands of a patient, skilled craftsman with the right tools," the customer can be successful.
Vern showed us examples of cypress coffee tables and wall clocks and "puzzles" like the one below as other examples of his work.