My friends gave me some scrap wood a few months ago, knowing that I love to recycle things. This wood was a hardwood (I think Maple) and it gave me the idea to make some wooden toys for Kesten. Hardwood is so strong and dense that it makes a nice durable toy. I wanted to make some Northern animals for Kesten to play with, as he was born in the North. I looked at various animals photographs on google images and then I drew some silhouettes to make patterns. I then traced them onto the hardwood and cut the images out with my scrollsaw. I sanded the toys down and then polished them with some beeswax wood polish that I made.
The animals on the left don't have polish on yet, and the cougar on the right does.
A bear, fox, wolf, beaver, moose, cougar, and frog. (The four Nak'azdli clans are bear, cariboo [I did a moose though, they look similar], beaver and frog.)