From my workshop in the Forest of Bowland, I handcraft enchanting wooden toys for young children to love and treasure across many generations.
Hello! Im Selina, a.k.a, Dr Hellion. I started Hellion Toys in 2017 after finishing my PhD in Design. During my research, I kept brushing up against ideas found in Critical Pedagogies and by child-led thinkers (Frobel, Montessori, Mason, RIE). So it made sense on graduating, to take this inspiration and bring it to my design practice. Fast forward to 2020, I now have over 40 unique and registered toy designs in my collection. I have also had my work shown at pop-up events and exhibits, including at The Whitworth Gallery Manchester in 2019.
I make my toys by hand and keep my workshop simple, with traditional tools and methods. I have added some self-built fabrication tools too more recently. When I'm not cutting, engraving or sanding wood, I finish my toys by hand. I dye, paint and varnish them, lovingly adding little details and unique elements to each piece.
I hope your purchase from Hellion Toys gives those you care about, much joy and happy childhood memories.
Thank you so much for supporting my passion.
I take my role and responsibilities within the Heritage craft of toymaking seriously. I aim to keep a low carbon footprint by sourcing materials locally from other independent businesses, typically within 20 miles of my workshop. I also avoid petroleum-derived paints, finishes and plastics of any kind. My collection is entirely plastic-free, solvent-free, VOCs-Free and BPA-free. My toys are vegan-friendly and gentle to the natural environment.
I am a fully insured toymaker and all my toys are independently lab safety tested and certified CE. As a testament to my quality and safety commitments, I am a Member of the British Toymakers Guild and Heritage Craft Association.
All products sold by Hellion Toys are Design Registered with the Intellectual Property Office, UK and may not be copied or reproduced without prior permission.
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