Currently viable crafts


Toy making


The making of dolls, toys, games and puzzles etc. including those from wood and metal.


Status Currently viable
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






Local forms




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


Support organisations

Craftspeople currently known

A list of toymakers can be found on the website of the British Toymakers Guild.


Other information