Product news: Dutch brand Usuals has crafted a set of handmade wooden toys out of branches from a hazel tree that grows on the family farm of one of the designers (+ slideshow).
Usuals chopped and shaved a variety of branch sizes to the right length then slotted them together to create recognisable shapes for children. "We can make these toys 'till we have no more prunings," they told us.
The collection includes a tractor, boat, dog, car and two different horses, most of which can be rolled around on wheels created by circular sections of wood.
The car, boat and tractor toys have each been whittled into shape from a main log with thinner sticks added to create details.
Unravelled rope provides ears for the dog (above), which can be pushed around by the long stick that protrudes out of its back to act as a lead.
The rope is also used for the tail and reigns of the hobby horse that has a simple carved head and a long thin branch for its body (above).
A second, smaller horse has been formed from five branches, four wheels and a thin rope tail (above).
Usuals was formed by design duo Van Eijk and Van der Lubbe, who make all the toys in their studio.
Other wooden toys we've featured include vehicles made from tools associated with household chores and an oil rig and tanker with red highlights.
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