Ostheimer are today unique in the way that they make their beautiful wooden figures. The vast majority of wooden toys are sawn out using a computerised process. Not at Ostheimer! Each template is transferred to the wood and sawn out by hand. Each figure is then given its characteristic Ostheimer carving, sanded, hand painted and finally dipped in organic oil. At each stage of the process the human hand is present and in control.
Ostheimer figures are enjoyed by children of all ages and are a particular favourite with our own family and all at Myriad. Their quality and aesthetic appeal is unsurpassed!
The figures are made from native hardwoods maple, ash and alder. Maple – smooth and hard, pale in colour, with little visible grain – is used for the majority of Ostheimer figures. Ash wood has a rougher feel and pronounced grain and is used to enhance other figures. All wood used at Ostheimer is sourced from sustainably managed forests.
We offer a large selection from the Ostheimer collection, all designed specifically to stimulate the child’s imagination, rather than presenting them with a fixed concept. It is the fantasy of the child that breathes life into these seemingly stiff wooden figures, whose form and colour has been purposely reduced to an essential minimum. Ostheimer takes great care in shaping and crafting each individual figure so as to preserve this fantasy world and thereby give children the ability to draw on their creativity during play.