The making of dolls, toys, games and puzzles etc. including those from wood and metal.
|Craft category||Toys and automata|
|Historic area of significance|
|Area currently practised|
|Origin in the UK|
|Minimum no. of craftspeople required|
|Current no. of trainees|
|Current no. of skilled craftspeople|
|Current total no. of craftspeople|
Rocking horse making (least concern – doing fairly well)
Dolls house making (least concern – thriving)
Automata making (least concern – thriving)
Issues affecting the viability of the craft
- Legislation regarding what is and isn’t a safe toy for children – and the impact this has on toys made for and sold to collectors
Craftspeople currently known
A list of toymakers can be found on the website of the British Toymakers Guild.