These are a few of the several pictures I've found of 19th century Noah's Ark sets. What an incredible amount of work and skill!
They were made at a time when Sunday was such a special day that children couldn't play with normal toys, but they could play with toys that represented a story from the Bible. The ark and animals that I am working on are all woven, but I hope that I can get a little of the same primitive and loving feeling to them. I'm afraid that the vast number of animals shown is part of what keeps pushing me to figure out how to weave more and different animals. This effort is now being joined by my friends and coworkers. I have had a coworker request some alpacas that will be made with alpaca yarn. Alpacas are amazingly goofy animals, I have never seen an animal that looks so much like a sock puppet.
Next challenge, weaving an ark. Its interesting how their conception of the ark differs from today's toys. I'm thinking that the bridge, the house part, was painted to look like a mansion of the time.