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Fiddler's Elbow, a division of The Toy Works, offers handprinted gifts and home décor made in a charming, rural area in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, in Middle Falls, New York. A quarter of a century ago, John Gunther started the silk-screening company with a handful of workers in an old barn.

He conceived the idea in 1974 after a visit to the Museum of the City of New York, where he viewed an exhibition of the 19th century cloth toys intricately printed using antiquated hand engraved copper rollers. John's mission was to revive this art form using modern silk-screening techniques. This proved to be challenging, as there was no one experienced in full color textile printing, no school to consult. The Toy Works developed the process the hard way, through constant experimentation and soon became the best reproduction silk-screen printer in the country.

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