“BOK, BOK, BOK, BOK….BOK, BOK, BOK, BA-GEEEK!” -An Anonymous Chicken
This week’s blog post from ‘the geek’ features a minor project that has been nearly three years in the making –
A chicken, action, folk-art, novelty toy.
This contrivance works by sliding the two sections of the base back and forth, causing the chickens to rock to and fro appearing to vie for ownership of the hapless worm.
It’s one of those intriguing little devices that everyone who sees it wants to pick it up and play with it.
Definitely keeps the handsawgeek amused for seconds on end…..
This happy little creation was built back in early 2013 by Mrs. handsawgeek and myself in the days just before I became obsessed with hand tools. The chicken figures were rendered on an electric scroll saw, and everything is hand painted.
The inspiration for this toy came from one of Mrs. handsawgeeks’s friends who happened to have an old, crude version that was broken. I offered to repair it for her, and in the process of dismantling and fixing it, thought it would be cool to make one of my own.
The only thing that I couldn’t find was a suitable worm. None of the local sporting goods stores had rubber bait worms that were anywhere close to being long enough to be used in this toy.
I pondered using a length of brown yarn as a substitute.
That was all remedied last week when I discovered a box containing a number of really large rubber bait worms at a local yard sale. Most of the worms in the box were weird colors – blue , green, red, etc, – save for a solitary brown one.
I coveted that one worm, but didn’t want to spring for the whole box load.
Dangling my new-found prize before the purveyor of yard sale goods, I solemnly asked the question…
“What’ll you take for this worm?”
“Aaaah, you can have it for free.”
Clutching my new acquisition, I discreetly did a little victory fist pump, and an almost inaudible “YES”. I proudly placed the worm on the table with the stash of other items I was going to purchase.
A soon as I got home, out came the egg-beater drills. After over three years, the chicken toy was finally finished.
I was complete…for the moment.