Made by Joel

Monday 20 December 2010This is over 12 years old. Be careful.

Years ago I wrote a page about making business card cubes, and I still get someone linking to it every few months. Usually, it’s a blog post along the lines of, “I have all these left over business cards, so I made a cube.” The most recent reference by Saaleha Idrees Bamjee said the same thing, but she made such beautiful colored puzzle cubes, I had to read the whole post.

In it, she linked off to Made by Joel, a blog by Joel Henriques, a toy designer from Oregon. Joel’s got a great, simple, home-made esthetic, but still manages to rise above the pedestrian, giving his projects a lovely spirit. For example, look at his marionette made from wooden scraps, and then the simplified version for toddlers.

I love the fact that small children can be entertained with simple things, and that playfulness can be given expression with what’s lying around, without recourse to a brand name toy.

To top it off, I see that Joel has a book in the works, with the same publisher and imprint that produced my wife Susan’s books!


I like the idea of simple toys too, and these are really beautiful ideas. Thanks for sharing.
I don't think my previous comment went through. Thanks for an excellent tutorial Ned. There's such a wonderful magic about the toys Joel puts together.
This is awesome. You always find the coolest things. I love the aquarium. Will have to try that.

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