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Predan Wooden Toys

Predan Wooden Toys from Oskar's Wooden Ark in Australia

Have you ever touched wooden figurines made by Predan Holzgestaltung? It’s something you won’t forget. They smell divine, are incredibly smooth and almost feel soft to touch.

Georg Predan founded Predan Holzgestaltung in 1972 and has since designed a large variety of wooden animals, trees and shrubs as well as people and fairy-tale figures. Every manufacturing step that turns a piece of timber into a wooden toy is made by hand - from the moment the timber arrives until the finished products leave the workshop in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany.

Georg Predan and his team focus on enhancing and preserving the natural characteristics of the wood and its grain by sanding, polishing and oiling each piece with a lot of love and care. When you look at Predan Wooden Toys, you may notice the large range of differently coloured figurines. Georg and his team use more than 20 different kinds of native and locally grown timber, mainly hardwood, to create their beautiful figurines. The timber from the different trees is responsible for the different colours - Sycamore Maple trees are known for their white timber, Yew trees for their orange, Staghorn Sumac for their green and Elm trees for their brown timber.

A small amount of Predan figurines are painted with a plant-based, non-toxic stain that neither comes off or poses a risk for your child when coming in contact with saliva. Predan Wooden Toys are known for their whimsical shapes, solid design and meticulous production.

Photo: Jochen from Predan Wooden Toys together with Simon from Oskar's Wooden Ark at the Predan workshop in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany in January 2020.