Easy-to-Make Whirligigs
by Anders S Lunde

210 x 280mm

Published by Dover Publications Inc, New York


ISBN 0-486-28965-6

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Extract from back cover of book:

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 about the 12th century. We do know that American craf tsmen were making whirligigs as early as the 18th 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 vcry exciting and rewarding.

Drawings: Black & White

Units of Measurement: Imperial


Chapter 1
Introduction to the Whirligig
The Original Whirligig
- Materials
- Basic Tools
- Wood
- Mounting Stand
- Fan
- Labeling Parts
- Drafting and Copying
- Putting it All Together

Chapter 2
Types of Whirligigs
Winged Whirligigs
Arm-Waving Whirligigs
Weathervane Whirligigs and Other Special Types
Mechanical Whirligigs

Chapter 3
Basic Whirligig Parts
Wing Base
- Basic Style
- Modified Propellers
- Multibladed Designs
- Metal Propellers
- Mechanical Styles
- New Designs
Driveshafts for Mechanical Whirligigs

Chapter 4
Construction of Winged Whirligigs
Basic Steps
- Design
- Body
- Wing Base
- Wings
- Assembly
Standard Bird Models
- The Cardinal
Split-Wing Models
- The Flying Puffin
- Other Types
Modified-Wing Models
- Modern Times

Chapter 5
Construction of Arm-Waving Whirligigs
Basic Steps
- Design
- Patterns
- Hub and Pivot Point
- Cutting and Carving
- Arms and Attachments
- Final Assembly
Standard Models
- Uncle Sam
- Signaling Sailor
- Gentleman Jim
- Flower Lady
Rudder Assembly Models
- Soldier, Colonial Dame, Santa and Doggie Models
Modified Propeller Models
- Man Rowing Boat
- Indian in Canoe

Chapter 6
Construction of Weathervane Whirligigs
Basic Steps
- Design
- Patterns and Cuts
- Balance and Pivot
Weathervane Models
- Willy the Whale
- The Flying Witch
- The Ships
- Georgine and Her Flying Machine
- Halley's Comet

Chapter 7
Construction of Mechanical Whirligigs
Basic Steps
Individual Models
- The Churning Woman
- Signaling Trainman
- Forever Grinding

Chapter 8
Developing Original Designs
Final Notes on Construction
Repairing Whirligigs
Developing New Designs