To the GNHW members:

I am an artist/crafts person who has worked with a trained woodworker for many years to produce wooden dolls for sale in museum shops and folk art stores around the country, such as Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. These dolls are turned from poplar wood and have articulated arms and legs in a style that was developed in Germany in the early 1800’s. In America, these dolls became an  affordable alternative to expensive imported china dolls. The faces, arms and legs were painted to look like the china imports. 

My partner has made the bodies for me for many years. I do the sanding, staining, tongue oil, painted features, and other finishing work. When they are ready, I create entire wardrobes for these dolls for sale. They are commonly called Dutch dolls, peg-wooden or penny-dolls or penny wooden dolls. My business name is “The Penny Wooden Doll”.

Recently, my woodworker retired. I am looking for someone who loves wood and fine craftsmanship to make these doll bodies for me. My friend recommended that I contact your organization to see if one of your members might like to work with me.

Attached is a picture of the three sizes of dolls I make: 13, 18, and 24 inches tall (the green background is marked in inches). It is the small one that I need, the 13 inch doll, the best seller of all of my dolls.

If someone in your organization is interested, please help me make a contact. 

Thank you for your attention to this message. I appreciate any information you can send me.

Nancy Castendyk


The Penny Wooden Doll

16 Hall Road

Sturbridge, MA 01566