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Location: Tehachapi, CA

I live in beautiful Tehachapi, Ca, where I enjoy various outdoor activities such as horseback riding, and tennis. But for the most part my time is spent in my workshop making all sorts of woodworking projects. I have really fallen in love with whirligigs (a sort of wind toy that uses a breeze to turn some moving part), in particular WWI airplane whirligigs. My love of building WWI whirligigs all started when my wife and I moved to Tehachapi Ca and noticed right away that there is almost always a steady breeze blowing. Once I had my workshop up and working again, I started experimenting with wind toys to take advantage of the constant breeze. And thats where Ricks Whirligigs were born. My whirligigs all have free spinning propellers that only need the slightest breeze to turn, also I mount them on a rod and the tail section of the airplane acts as a weather vane, so the nose is always seeking the wind. Since the first whirligig was made I've had a blast making other WWI airplanes. I have perfected numerous models from the era, if your interested in purchasing one visit
I’m not looking to make a profit on this little operation, so you will find my planes are very under priced. I just enjoy building them and helping people share in the fun of a WWI whirligig.

-- Rick,

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commented on Silver Nieuport 17C 01-22-2010 12:47 AM
added project Silver Nieuport 17C 01-21-2010 09:21 PM
added project Albatross D VA 01-21-2010 09:17 PM
added blog entry WWI Whirligigs 01-20-2010 01:41 AM
commented on Spitfire Whirligig 01-19-2010 06:46 AM
commented on RicksWhirligigs's Profile 01-19-2010 06:36 AM
added project Spitfire Whirligig 01-19-2010 01:38 AM
added project Fokker Tri-plane 01-18-2010 10:02 PM
added project 1915 Spad- Camoflage 01-18-2010 09:55 PM
added project "Black Knight" WWI Whirligig 01-18-2010 09:30 PM
signed up RicksWhirligigs's Profile 01-18-2010 07:51 PM

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#1 posted 01-18-2010 07:51 PM

Hello Rick,

Let me welcome you to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjoy.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 08:54 PM

Glad to see that you have made Lumberjocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 01-18-2010 11:13 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice to have you join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 01-19-2010 01:58 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 01-19-2010 02:16 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I love this site, I hope you will enjoy it too.

Look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#6 posted 01-19-2010 02:26 AM

Very cool. I have not gone to the “AIR” yet even though I am a frustrated pilot. Guess I will run tractors for awhile yet.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 01-19-2010 03:38 AM

Welcome to LJs were we have great people , super projects,fantastic woodworkers. Enjoy.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 01-19-2010 04:31 AM

Hey…welcome to the site. You’re gonna like it here. Enjoy

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#9 posted 01-19-2010 06:36 AM

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome!!!

-- Rick,

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#10 posted 01-19-2010 11:34 AM

WELCOME to LJ’s ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#11 posted 01-20-2010 12:57 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#12 posted 01-23-2010 09:03 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks

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#13 posted 01-26-2010 07:52 AM

Hi there,
I too am somewhat new to LumberJocks and would like to welcome you to the site. The folks here are great and the projects will absolutely blow your mind. There are some very talented people out there…
Sit back, enjoy the ride and be careful, this site is extremely addictive…
Welcome to LJ

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#14 posted 01-30-2010 05:20 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard. †

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 05-11-2013 06:48 AM

Really impressive looking planes you made.

Being a fan of old WW1 aircraft myself, I want to make a Sopwith Camel and a Fokker Dr1 for my sons. Will definitely lean on your projects for inspiration.

Nice work

-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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