Easy-to-Make Whirligigs

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Courier Corporation, Mar 1, 1996 - Crafts & Hobbies - 95 pages
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Welcome to the wonderful world of whirligigs! Whirligigs are small, wind-driven toylike objects — often called "wind toys" — that whirl and twirl on a pivot. Who made the first whirligig? Nobody knows — their origins are lost in the distant past. Some people think they may have come to Europe with the windmill, which was introduced from the East in the twelfth century. We do known that American crafters were making whirligigs as early as the eighteenth century.
This delightful guide contains complete patterns and easy-to-follow instructions for making 30 whirligigs of your own: the Signaling Trainman, Flying Puffin, Colonial Dame, Indian in Canoe, Halley's Comet, Santa, Flying Witch, and many others. All are designed to work outdoors in the wind.
One of the best parts about whirligigs is that they are inexpensive to make. A few scraps of wood, a couple of tools, and a nail or two are all you need. What's more, there's no limit to the designs you can construct. Once you have mastered the simple technical aspects of whirligig construction, you can use your imagination and ingenuity to make any number of new models. Creating new whirligigs is fun, and seeing them spin and twirl in the wind is very exciting and rewarding.

 

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Contents

Introduction to the Whirligig
1
The Original Whirligig
2
Design
3
Fan
4
Types of Whirligigs
6
ArmWaving Whirligigs
7
Weathervane Whirligigs and Other Special Types
8
Mechanical Whirligigs
9
Construction of ArmWaving Whirligigs
41
Basic Steps
42
Cutting and Carving
43
Uncle Sam
44
Gentleman Jim
45
Flower Lady
46
Modified Propeller Models
49
Man Rowing Boat
50

Basic Whirligig Parts
12
Propeller
13
Basic Style
14
Multibladed Designs
15
Metal Propellers
16
Mechanical Styles
17
New Designs
18
Driveshafts for Mechanical Whirligigs
20
Construction of Winged Whirligigs
21
Wing Base
22
Assembly
23
SplitWing Models
25
The Flying Puffin
26
ModifiedWing Models
27
Indian in Canoe
52
Construction of Weathervane Whirligigs
64
Patterns and Cuts
65
Willy the Whale
67
Halleys Comet
69
Construction of Mechanical Whirligigs
77
Individual Models
78
Signaling Trainman
79
Forever Grinding
80
Developing Original Designs
92
Repairing Whirligigs
93
Index
94
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