Helen’s Walking Owl

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Added on December 15, 2010

From: Helen Gee

Location: San Francisco, CA

Amateur or Pro: Amateur

Finish Used: Lots of hand sanding, no finish on the toys since they’ll be given to kids.

Wood Species: Poplar and Walnut

Project Description:
I wanted to make a walking toy for my 2 year old’s birthday, something different than the plastic/electronic stuff kids get nowadays. The only thing she could really say at the time was “owl” so I drew up a plan and went to work. I’m not an engineer so it took a little bit of work to figure out the center of gravity and balance and that sort of stuff!

She ended up with the prototype and the rest of the kids at the birthday party got one as party favors. Now these walking toys will be Christmas presents for friends with young kids!!

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