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2402 W Rd
Bennington, VT, 05201
United States

802-447-7072

A behind-the-scenes look at the R. John Wright Dolls Design Studio in Bennington, Vermont. Written by R. John Wright, hear in his own words how the creative design process unfolds and how the world-renowned RJW dolls and animal characters are readied for production. 

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A behind-the-scenes look at the R. John Wright Dolls Design Studio in Bennington, Vermont. Written by R. John Wright, hear in his own words how the creative design process unfolds and how the world-renowned RJW dolls and animal characters are readied for production. 

How we Joint the Dolls

John Wright

We often get asked how they are strung. They are not (nor have they ever been) "strung."  In the past, the majority of our dolls were disc-jointed (rotating discs) which is a typical 'teddy bear' style joint used by Lenci and others.

But around the time of the Flower Fairies, to provide more movement and poses, we switched to ball & socket joints. This method requires a hollow molded body rather than a stuffed body. There is a custom-made wooden mechanism inside to hold the limbs and head in place. You can get a glimpse of the inside mechanism in this sequence of photos:

This is even better than your typical strung BJD (Ball Jointed Doll) system because not only does the ball rotate in the socket, but the wooden ball rotates inside the limb itself—giving a kind of fluid 'double movement' to the joint.  This is only possible with a cloth doll! We also like how the materials we are using remain all-natural. The limbs and head are held in place with wooden dowels.  As a result, there's no elastic to wear out or string that requires tightening. 

Anyway, we think the more you know the better. No secrets here! We hope you have the opportunity to handle one of our newer dolls and feel the movement. Knowing what is behind the artistry will give you a heightened awareness and appreciation.