I had this idea, see...wooden dowels, some leftover closet rod pieces...of course it'll work!
So I had the hubs go buy a chop saw to replace his old one (poor thing, having to buy power tools on command). Then I bought dowel rods--I think they're all made of poplar, but I had some oak ones already. Then I measured and marked, and erased and re-measured and re-marked...so that I had enough sections (nine per doll counting the body) for 34 dolls.
The husband smirks but never says I Told You out loud.
Four hours and two boxes of band-aids later, all 306 dowel sections were sanded and drilled, and the Doll Blanks were ready to go. So I had to make a doll. Can't have baskets of doll parts laying around and not make dolls. It's practically a law.
I had a cat's head already made. (Why a cat? Why not? Another experiment involving a thrift shop find of 70 pairs of eyes. Really.) I'd previously intended to put it on a cloth body, but...she agreed to a wooden one. With a little skirt made from scrap fabric, a little lace, paint, crackle, some shiny copper wire...here she is. This is Sydney.
I learned a lot from making her...but now I need to try carving some hinge-joints in some of the dowel sections. Why? Because I have a Dremel, and unlike with the other tools, I'm an old hand with the Dremel.
I kinda see why they like the power tools.