I had the good fortune to grow up in such a household. Whether it was carved rhinoceri, miniature toy dogs, a dollhouse with a beautiful cupola, or numerous household items, my Dad kept his family well-supplied when his children were young, and continues this work to this day.
He originally constructed and carved this chair in 1963 for my oldest brother; it has since been used by all his children and grandchildren.
The tray had needed refurbishing for a number of years; Dad recently completed this work over the summer and photographed the results.
Click here to see how beautifully the piece cleaned up.