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Kris Kringle and eight tiny reindeer circle the village on a snowy yet full moon Christmas Eve.
Balancing toys were a favored possession over a century ago. The scientific principle illustrated by this simple toy is that an object can be balanced on a point if the object’s center of gravity is directly below the point of support. It seems magical to little ones. The devices date back to ancient China and India and have traditionally been made from tin or metal. We took on the challenge to make one in wood. And it worked.
A snowman serves as the counterweight below as he looks skyward to welcome the jolly elf. Santa’s arm waves and lanterns and bells sway as the sleigh and deer rock to and fro. Because of the nature of the design, the rocking time is much longer than traditional rocking toys (sky hooks).
It’s a big hit with the younger set and perfect for the mantel or table top.
Plans outline many options including lighting behind the moon for a wintery glow. For an intermediate woodworker. Our 11” x 17” plans take little workbench space. The copyrights allow making a photocopy of the full size patterns. Trim out the patterns, apply spray adhesive (or Scroll Saw Stick n Relase Tape) on the backs and place on stock prepared to the thickness noted on the pattern. You get accurate parts and no tracing.
Forest Street Designs, since 1971, are inspired from everyday and historic objects and from the places they have visited across the world. An extensive effort is made designing and publishing each plan’s graphics and text. Often several prototypes are developed to verify accuracy. Most patterns are full size.
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