It can be carved more thinly and precisely than stone or animal bone because of its fibrous strength. For making large wood sculptures, the craftsmen carve two or more pieces of wood and then joined them. The hardwoods possess luster and endurance but are more difficult to sculpt, while softwoods are softened to shape but less durable.
Wood figurines and natural material figurines blend so well with our decorations and furniture. These are practically unnoticeable, which is another a plus! Now, if you’ve ever visited The Wood Value page, you may have noticed that all the figurines are of wood and natural materials. We are here to tell you some of the differences between wooden and other materials figurines.
We’re very concerned with your family and child’s safety. We want to bring healthy, natural materials into your room. A lot of plastic, ceramic, or metal figurines contain harmful chemicals and substances like BPA and phthalates. Some of them may have lead paint. You want to keep these chemicals away from young children.
Wood is also naturally antibacterial. Another safety concern is that plastic figurines can break easily and leave sharp, jagged edges. It’s not to say wood—wood does break too but not as often and less likely in a way that would be harmful to a child.
The wooden figurines are very soothing and appealing to the child’s sense of touch. It’s warm, and it feels good. Whereas plastic or metal materials feel cold and almost oily. It doesn’t smell the same. A young child is going to experience wood figurines, discovering the world, with all of her senses, and that’s by putting it in her mouth or smelling it and touching it. We want to give children an experience that will gratify their sense of touch.
The quality of imaginative play that we find wooden figurines encourages. Wood figurines tend to be simpler, less formed. They leave more room for a child’s imagination. We strongly feel the importance of imaginative play in early childhood. If a toy doesn’t have batteries, if it doesn’t have any bells or whistles and makes no sound, that lets the child make the sounds and imagine what the toy is doing and makes the toy move himself.
The wooden figurines tend to be more aesthetically pleasing than plastic crafts. You must give children things that not only feel beautiful to the touch but look beautiful and to surround a child with beauty. Just because they’re a child doesn’t mean that they deserve junk. And wooden figurines just look nicer displayed in a child’s room. If you had, say, this wooden Knight on a shelf or a plastic Batman. They look beautiful displayed in your home, as well. Your kids are grown, but you can still have lots of their wooden toys all around your house.
The most important reason of all: wooden figurines are more eco-friendly than plastic toys. Wood is a sustainable material. It is recyclable. It is biodegradable. Wooden figurines, on the other hand, are heirloom toys, generally. They carved to live last. We always say they’re not throwaway toys. And children play differently with wooden toys.
There’s a big difference in the quality of play. But if you observe them playing with wooden and natural toys, there’s a very different quality in their play.
So We hope that gives you some insight. We always say it’s not about good toys versus bad toys. It is just bringing a new consciousness to the quality of toys when you’re choosing what toys to provide for your child.