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, then sanded, hand painted and finally dipped in walnut 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 and ash. Maple is smooth and hard, pale in colour, with little visible grain. The majority of Ostheimer figures are made from maple wood. Ash wood has a rougher feel and pronounced grain and is used to enhance figures such as the Ostrich. The ark and castle uses alder wood. All wood used at Ostheimer is sourced from sustainably managed forests.
We offer here a large selection of the Ostheimer collection. We stock over 400 different figures, buildings, trees and bridges!
Ostheimer wooden toys are 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.