Fine Hardwood Toys for Your Children's Children


Upon completing his cabinetmaking apprenticeship my great-grandfather sailed to America in 1867. Here he taught and worked with his son, my grandfather. I see the results of their partnership in the ornate wood interiors of many churches and public buildings in my home town, Danville, Illinois.

150 years later I continue the tradition in fine hardwood toys. My apprenticeship began in my father's basement workshop and ended with a degree in Forest Science and Design at the University of Illinois. But, it was really the following years in my Danville storefront workshop that taught me how to make durable wonderful toys and after moving to Madison in 1982. I am still learning every day. I build each toy with care, using Wisconsin hardwoods. These woods are durable, beautiful and timeless. I want my toys to furnish an alternative to some of the throw-away aspects of life today.

Rumors of John's retirement. I am 67 this year. I don't plan to stop making toys anytime soon, but have begun retiring a larger toy each year. 2016 saw the last Doll House and in 2017 the last Riding Airplane flew into the sunset. I have not yet choosen 2018's last toy. Certainly the train and block wagon will be around for a few years yet, if in smaller numbers. As most anyone in my age cohort will attest, "One's body begins to rebel". But I really love making toys for children and my passion and determination are rebellious too.

John Michael Linck . maker of fine wooden toys

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John Michael Linck - Toymaker - 2618 Van Hise Avenue - Madison, Wisconsin 53705

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Train | Block Wagon | Clacker | Rocking Horse | Riding Airplane | Box of Blocks | Pull Toy Block Wagon

Nutcracker | Riding Crane | Doll Bed | Treasure Chest | How to Build a Rocking Horse