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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 06-14-2015 09:26 PM 1203 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!



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CharlieK

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#1 posted 06-14-2015 10:27 PM

HI Dave,

Looks good, I would love to see a video of it working.

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#2 posted 06-14-2015 11:14 PM



HI Dave,

Looks good, I would love to see a video of it working.

- CharlieK

That can be arranged soon.

(Now I’ve guaranteed we’ll have no breeze for a month!)

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 06-14-2015 11:43 PM

Nice to have some music while working in the garden, Dave! You tuned him up well.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 06-14-2015 11:52 PM



Nice to have some music while working in the garden, Dave! You tuned him up well.

- CFrye

Funny thing is, he used to squeak. Right now he’s quite silent.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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handsawgeek

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#5 posted 06-15-2015 02:07 PM

Hi, Dave,
I’m a fiddler for real and my bow arm needs repair, too!

Nice whirligig!

-- Ed

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#6 posted 06-15-2015 02:30 PM



Hi, Dave,
I m a fiddler for real and my bow arm needs repair, too!

Nice whirligig!

- handsawgeek

Aside from my lack of perseverance, my big problem was the pinkie of my bow hand locking up.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#7 posted 06-15-2015 05:28 PM

Good job on the rehab Dave. Looks good.

One of these days I need to make me a whirly gig

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Dave Rutan

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#8 posted 07-14-2015 08:45 PM


HI Dave,

Looks good, I would love to see a video of it working.

- CharlieK

OK. I’ve just put up a video showing both the Fiddler and the Gilligig in action.


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#9 posted 07-16-2015 01:55 AM

Thanks, Dave. They work great!

-- God bless, Candy

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