Mak­ing toys fun for elves

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By MERANIA KARAURIA

The elves in the Pinoc­chio Toy Wood­work­ers Guild have been toil­ing away in the evenings over the past year to make wooden toys for Palmer­ston North chil­dren.

Al­lan San­son or­gan­ises the Pinoc­chio Toys and this year the guild will be giv­ing 500 wooden toys to Barnar­dos, Sal­va­tion Army, Across, Man­ches­ter House Feild­ing and Hospice for kids’ Christ­mas presents.

“We un­der­stand that some kids do not have a great Christ­mas,” said Al­lan.

“We have a bit of fun and make these wooden toys.”

The Pinoc­chio Toys guild has made toys for the char­i­ties for the past 15 years and the mem­bers said they got a lot of en­joy­ment from the project.

Bill Sewell likes bright colours and among the toys he’s made are a sturdy he­li­copter and a small stool, and says he al­ready has five heli­copters he’s work­ing on for next year.

Among the as­sort­ment of toys is a pen­guin with webbed feet that walks when pushed, puz­zles, jew­ellery boxes, wheel­bar­rows, tea trays and cars and trucks.

“We have wooden bowls filled with sweets for the sin­gle par­ent so the kids have some­thing to give to mum,” says Al­lan.

Like the story of Pinoc­chio’s nose that grew, so did this project grow from a box of 30 wooden toys for the Toy Li­brary.

■ New mem­bers wel­come, where the guild gives you the op­por­tu­nity to try out the craft of your choice be­fore be­com­ing a mem­ber: www.man­awatu­wood­work­ers.org.nz

Pinoc­chio toy­mak­ers from left: Alan Thorn­ton, Bill Sewell and Al­lan San­son with the Christ­mas wooden toys for char­i­ties.

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