This author has invented his own unique toy system: six basic types (Boats, Trucks, Houses, Planes, Road Vehicles & Ships) each of which have a number of easily interchangeable components that give children (and adults!) endless assembly possibilities, much like Lego or a wooden version of Meccano. At the same time, the components are finished to a high degree, so that the assembled toys look realistic, much like Brio train sets. Clever and beautiful toys: use six basic toy systems to make and endless number of different toys; Clear instructions, step-by-step measured plans and colour photographs. Unique: there is no other toy-making book like this one on the market. Market: woodworkers with children, grandchildren, nephews & nieces. Top author: is a retired industrial designer and toy maker. His previous book Making Heirloom Toys (Taunton 1996; 1-56158-112-7) has sold 24,000 copies.
Makowicki's "marvelous" toys should have a special draw; six basic "systems" (autos, trucks, boats, houses, planes, and ships) allow kids to create a huge variety of toys out of wooden parts. The instructions show numerous techniques for working safely with small parts and are supplemented by excellent drawings and photographs. The designs are attractive, and the quality compares to the popular and expensive Brio toys. This title is perfect for those on a budget, as it will allow them to use the many wood scraps they have accumulated over the years.