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
Current no. of professionals (main income)
Current no. of professionals (sideline to main income)
Current no. of trainees
Current total no. serious amateur makers
Current total no. of leisure makers
Minimum no. of craftspeople required






Local forms



  • Rocking horse making (currently viable – doing fairly well)
  • Dolls house making (currently viable – thriving)
  • Teddy bear making
  • Automata making (currently viable – 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


Support organisations

Craftspeople currently known

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


Other information