Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away….: Itsik Cohen’s aviation industry…

Itsik makes all king of toys, but he putts a much of his artistic zeal in making planes and helicopters of different sizes. Some of them are made form ply wood, and the plies appears like wind-tunnel streamline air flow pattern. On one of his big planes he installed a sophisticated brake systems, so kids who try to “fly” by coasting down hill, will be able to stop the bird, plus it will make their parents feel better once they know that Yonatan (Jonathan) or Rachel ride on a safer toy. This big "Stearman" lookalike plane has steering wheel which is connected to the from wing. This wing can pivot left or right.

The way Itsik makes wheels will surprise you. He does not have a lathe, so instead he fasten the wheel blank to an electric drill and shape the wheels with a rasp and file. As a person who make smart use of scrap wood, he occasionally will find an old furniture legs, slice them – like you would cut salami sausage…. and then turn them to make the wheel.









And as a treat to all of you who scrolled down and got to see all the pictures, here is a Sinatra's "aviation" standard Come fly with me. Just click play and you take of with that great song.





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Yoav Liberman

About Yoav Liberman

Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.