Each year Americans alone spend over twenty-four billion dollars on toys for their children. Most of these toys are disposable and are enjoyed for a few years, at best. They are made on high-speed automated machinery, untouched by human hands. Much of the price paid goes for packaging and advertising, rather than the toys themselves. Part of a toy's cost funds the creation of children's television; which is designed to instill desire in children for a toy manufacturer's latest products. This year's hit movie will spin off a complete line of toys that will need replacing when the next blockbuster film is released.
Remember the toys that were part of your childhood. Do you think today's children will have similar memories of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Mighty Morphin Power Rangers? I hope your children will remember you when their child gallops away on the horse you made thirty years earlier. I hope they have a set of wooden blocks or a special doll from a special aunt.
So few things in life are permanent today. We need to cultivate memories to insure they are always vivid.
John Michael Linck Toymaker
There is no doubt in my mind that a rebirth of the ancient art of woodworking is going on in America today...Of course most of these people are dedicated amateur woodworkers.
John Kelsey, Editor, Fine Woodworking Magazine
The 800 million Barbie dolls sold since 1959, if placed head to toe would encircle the globe three and one half times. If you placed all the toys made by toymaker John Michael Linck since 1976, end to end they would stretch at least four or five blocks.
John Michael Linck – 1996
John Michael Linck - Toymaker
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