One thing is sure, if you leave something outside 6 months of the year, it’s going to need maintenance. My very first whirligig, the fiddler came in last year looking pretty sad in the paint department. His bow arm also needed some repair. So I removed the arm and made a new one, using the old as a pattern. Even though it’s made of thin plywood, it has held up pretty well due to my using oil base paint on it. Now that I have a thickness planer I’m likely to just use solid wood from now on.
I also changed the color of his base from blue to green, since the rudder is a picket fence with green grass painted on the bottom. Just makes more sense.
I did have to replace the screw that his arm pivots on. It was actually bent. Now he’s back in service fiddling away in the breeze while we work in the garden.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!