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WOODEN TOYS (article first published : 2001-07-30)

Dennis Jessen’s interest in woodwork began in his early childhood and was later nurtured by his woodwork master in junior primary school. In later years, he continued his interest by making toys for his sons and nephews but it was only after he retired some 10 years ago that he began to take his hobby seriously.

“Tafta very kindly let me use my garage as a workshop,” says Dennis (76) who lives in a retirement village. “I’m fortunate that the wood I require is usually offcuts from factories or is given to me by acquaintances. My workshop is a source of great interest to the men folk in our village as most of them have no hobbies and they call in daily to see what new invention I’m working on. We go to Inchanga Station Market each month to sell the toys.”

With his wife’s blessing, he spends hours producing his well-crafted handmade pieces. These include motor cars, trains, tractors and trailers as well as push-along toys such as helicopters and tops. “I do not make martial toys,” he explains, just “toys for joy”.

Dennis Jessen can be contacted at 40 Tafta Park Retirement Village, Bellair. His phone number is (031) 465-6570.




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