Lynn and Phil Gatto started making bears together 14 years ago when they moved to Perkinsville, Vermont. For fourteen years before that Lynn made the bears herself. She learned the craft because she always wanted a vintage bear but decided to try designing and making her own rather than paying for an antique.
Phil now does the cutting, turning, and jointing of all the bears, while Lynn does all the designing, sewing, stuffing, and dressing. In addition to being chosen for the Directory of Traditional American Crafts for the past several years, their work has also been juried into Prims magazine and displayed in Teddy Bear and Friends and Teddy Bear Review. They have sold their bears at shows throughout the United States and in Germany, England, Belgium, and Holland.
All of the bears are made of new mohair or vintage carriage robes from the 1920s or ’30s. Lynn has changed the look and feel of the bears through the years, always trying to improve them until she makes "the perfect one."
Lynn & Phil Gatto have been selected for the following Directories:
TOYS OR DOLLS
Biography updated October 3, 2016 Photograph updated October 3, 2016Contact information updated April 22, 2014
Or call 800-446-1696 to subscribe or buy back issues.
Applications for the 2017 Directory of Traditional American Crafts are now available by clicking here. We must receive your entry before January 15, 2017, for you to qualify for judging and inclusion in the Directory. If you have questions, you may call us at 440-543-8566. Those selected will be listed in the August 2017 issue of Earky American Life.
The December 2016 issue of Early American Life has been mailed
to all current subscribers. The postal service advises you should allow up to three weeks for delivery,
so subscribers should have their copies of the December issue by early November.
All new web subscriptions will start with the December 2016 issue. Call us at 800-446-1696 if you have other subscription requirements.