|Project by ToyMakingDad||posted 12-31-2014 02:13 AM||1270 views||2 times favorited||2 comments|
I know… Sir Walter Scott toys have been done to death but I thought I would give one a shot :)
I’ve made dozens of flippy acrobats over the years. Everything from bears to leprechauns to football players and a few historical figures as well. I have always used the pattern in John R. Nelson, Jr’s book American Folk Toys as a starting point. These are super easy and quick to make.
My in-laws are wonderful people but notoriously difficult to get Christmas gifts for.
It is a bit of a family inside joke about my mother-in-law and Sir Walter Scott and my father-in-law has a soft spot for Wodehouse in general and Bertie Wooster in particular. Beside being a bit absurd, I figured these were certainly one of a kind gifts that I think they appreciated.
The panda is for the boyfriend of one of my daughters. Not an in-law yet. (“Yet” says Toy Making Dad as he begins to come to grips with his mortality.)
The wood is from clementine boxes (clear 1/8 plywood.) Painted with craft store acrylics and finished with a high gloss spray clear acrylic. I cut the figures out using both a scroll saw and my band saw.
Two of the “ladder” sticks are square dowels from the Big Orange, the other is from scrap red oak I had. All were finished with a beeswax and mineral oil finish that my daughter and I made this year. Love how it smells and how easy it is to use.
Here is an old post on how I make them – http://toymakingdad.blogspot.com/2010/01/flippy-acrobat.html
Here is a quick video of the panda in action:
Thanks for looking.
-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia, http://toymakingdad.blogspot.com