Nerd City’s Indonesian friend, SaltnPaper, has just gotten a hand-crafted wood version of his Fatboy paper toy produced, and he’d like your imput.
This wooden fellow here is almost double the size of the paper version, that is 18cm tall x 21 cm wide. 110% hand made by the Javanese craftsman from a little town called Jepara which is known for it’s excellent carving skill.
The idea of this wooden Fatboy is to explore with the possibility of creating a Fusion Toy, an experimental toy which combines Urban Toy with Cultural Touch. As most modern toys are made from non environmental friendly plastic and the like, wooden Fatboy is made from eco-friendly waste wood. The traditional pattern is also applied to give a warm and human touch to it.
I don’t really know where can this Fusion Toy experiment lead, but with your input I’m sure it’s going to be a fun place to go! Please let me know what you think with this, any kind of feedback is most welcome.
I personally really dig it. It’s not only cool to see the original paper toy translated into solid wood, but it’s also particularly cool the way that the relief carving designs look on its surface. The piece really has the look of an antique piece of furniture, or something.
Please feel free to leave your feedback in the comments section, or contact SaltnPaper directly through his site here. If there is enough interest, this piece might be made in a limited run.