The rural house is standing in the forest. Various trees surrounded the house where live village dwellers and various

hourse, toy, 2009

hourse, 2009

domestic animals – cat, mouse, hen, chick, and horse outside the house. Multi-colored parrot is swinging on the branch of the tree. The village residents have the ships too, with yellow sails…

The world of the wooden toys starts from the entrance of the shop door which situated in Silver street, 25, in the Old City. The door was made of the wood and it looks like toy too. And next to door there are the shelves where you can see examples of the wooden toys. There are a lot of compositions here like the village life which I’ve described already.

They were all hand made by Merab Kuchuxidze. The first time when the wooden toys smiled to him he was a little boy. Now he is 45 years old. And it is already 10 years, to make wooden toys turned to his work from the hobby.

“It gave me energy when I smoothed out the wooden toy the first time. The wood has the power itself,” said Kuchuxidze.

His profession is being a builder. But after creation his own studio he started work only with toy making. When he was 30 years old he made wooden toys with his friend for themselves. Then they made it public.

“This is not a business. Because too few people are interested in it,” said he.

While looking at the face of the toys, for example, rabbit’s, cat’s, penguin’s, dolphin’s face you get positive energy, it is like brightness is coming to your heart. All toys are smiling to people.

“If toys are well smoothed and made very accurate people won’t avoid to buy toys or to play with them,” said Kuchuxidze.

Kuchuxidze, smoothing a toy, 2009
Kuchuxidze, smoothing a toy, 2009

Birch-tree and pear-tree form the main part of the toys. Also Kuchuxidze and his students use varnish which be brought from Germany, especially to make toys more smoothly and accurate. 1 cubic meter of the birch-tree costs 1000 lari. Kuchuxidze says that they have license to cut down birch-tree in the forest. But now he has worries about this tree, – “The birch-tree is getting less, even after some times it will be on red-book of the flora,” says Kuchuxidze.

Kuchuxidze works with his brother. He makes toys in his studio and brother sells them in the shop.

“The children who make these kinds of toys cant be bad people in the future,” Kuchuxidze says, “children speak with animals every time. And after making animals themselves their attitude to the nature is changing.  Their mind becomes open and their world wider and they can’t hurt any one”.

In the studio where toys are made there are also students who are learning how to make these toys. Kuchuxidze teaches students not depend their age. He has students from 7 to 35 years old. And the fee of the 2 hours in these courses is 8 lari.

“Actually we use this payment for the materials which they use during the work. And we don’t think about profit. Our

Kuchixidze, 2009
Kuchuxidze, 2009

gain to teach a lot of people and to involve them to this field,” said Kuchuxidze.

According to Kuchuxidze parents of the children come this studio too. And they make and play with toys together their children.

“Now parents found the easy way to amuse children. When child wants to play they show him computer or television. But none of them can give to child positive energy and none of them can make children more creative. Parents have to play games with them, create some tales,” says he.

Smile brings peace and happiness to people. This is the main point of the Kuchuxidze’s goal. His handworks have a smile in face, “Frightful world within all politic issues, wars, fights needs love, peace, and smile,” says Kuchuxidze who hopes save the world with his toy planet.

Vusala Alibayli and Merabi Kuchuxidze, 2009
Vusala Alibayli and Merab Kuchuxidze, 2009

By Vusala Alibayli, 2009