The Process: How Josh Finkle Makes His Beautiful Handwood Toys

The work of Ohio-based artist and designer Josh Finkle ambles beautifully between the digital and the physical, the sketch, the prototype, and the manufactured product. He created these stunning hardwood toys of extinct animals, using a variety of wood species to add color and detail. He captured the creation process in these fascinating photos, giving a peek into his design and the phases of these incredible works of art.

Josh says, “Handcrafted wooden toys of recently extinct animals. I selected these four creatures for their beautiful shapes and patterns. Choosing an anthropomorphic approach, I designed them with simplified, humanistic shapes and statures. Once unfolded, the packaging becomes an information graphic about the animal inside. These toys are meant to incite wonder and interest in creatures that existed only a short while ago. Honorable mention winner in I.D. magazine’s 2010 annual design review student category.”

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