A Toymaker in Greece

 

Tops in GreeceWandering around the flea market in Athens today, I came upon the most interesting fellow! Mr P. is a craftsman who makes wooden toys here in Greece and sells them in the central flea market. He has a simple little folding table piled with the most compelling, brightly stained wooden toys. Mr P. specializes in hand turned wooden tops. He stains them in beautiful reds, blues, golds and greens. He makes little bead festooned strings to wrap around the tops and send them spinning. He was happy to demonstrate all the different types and explained how they worked. “You won’t find anything else like this here”, he said with a sweeping gesture. “I make these with my own hands. They’re my design.”

Toymaker in GreeceBeautiful Wooden TopsThe designs are ingenious. The workmanship superb. Mr P. wants to chat and he tells us stories of the years he lived in America and the jobs he held. He talks about the redwood he learned to use in California and how he always had to sharpen his tools afterwards because of the roughness of the wood. I asked if he made spindles, but he didn’t understand me. I couldn’t think of a way to explain, but next week I’ll take my spindle to the flea market to see if I can find him there again. The way these tops spin, I think he’d create the most amazing whorl!

Mom

 

 

 

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9 Comments

  1. Tammie
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    What beautiful tops! I hope you find Mr. P at the flea market next week.

    • Mom
      Posted February 27, 2012 at 10:09 am | Permalink

      Meeee too! :-)

  2. CVigil
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely stunning! I would love to get some for my boys. Do you know if he takes mail order? I am in United States

    • Mom
      Posted February 29, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

      I’ll email you to find out how many and if I find him again I’ll get them for you!

  3. Linda
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    I would like to place an order for acouple, can you get me his info. please? Mr. P is awesome!

    • Mom
      Posted March 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

      I agree, Linda. I’ll see if I can find him again…

  4. Kate
    Posted March 25, 2012 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    Spindles were the first thing I thought of.

  5. Kerry Spears
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    I too would like to dee about getting some of his tops for my childrens games programs. Please post information if you get it!

    • Mom
      Posted July 17, 2012 at 7:57 am | Permalink

      I haven’t seen him in awhile, Kerry. But if I do, I’ll email you…

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