Wind Spinner Fever

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Project by Sam12 posted 05-04-2015 03:46 AM 2385 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Again Fellow Lumberjocks!
I learned this winter that sometimes it is not good to try new things…because you just might become obsessed with them! I built my first wind spinner in March. I had no idea how to create the iconic helical shape that so many wind spinners have but just happened to come upon it after putting pencil to paper. Through sheer luck, the first design I created turned out perfectly. I went on to build three more of the same shape before deciding to try a few more designs. By the end of my building marathon I had created 9 wind spinners in 5 different designs. I have to hang up my wind spinner tool belt for the summer; but, I can’t wait to create some new designs next winter!
The second picture (the red, white, and blue wind spinner) was the very first one I created. It is made from 49 poplar sticks that are 3/8” thick x 3/4” wide x varying lengths. I used an 18” long piece of 1/4” threaded rod (aka ‘all-thread”) and a fishing lure swivel to hold the sticks in place, create the shape, and allow the wind to ‘spin’ it. It was finished with two coats of exterior paint in three colors. Of course, it was important to use a really good quality paint that would stick to the wood even in the highest of winds. It would be a terrible shame to go through all of the work to paint the wind spinner just to wake one morning and find that all of the paint had spun off…LOL.
The third wind spinner is cherry finished with three coats of exterior Helmsman spar urethane.
The green and yellow wind spinner was the last design that I created. The little paddles are meant to catch more wind and make it spin in even the slightest breeze. Unfortunately, I managed to spin the portion above the paddles one way and the portion below the paddles the opposite way. As a result, the two halves are fighting each other and very little spinning actually happens. Once I discovered what was wrong I took it back down to my shop and will be taking it apart and fixing the problem. Oh well, you can’t do everything right the first time or you would never learn from your mistakes!
I have several more wind spinners in my shop waiting for paint and will post them as I can.
Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 05-04-2015 05:37 AM

I made a few of these a few years ago, they are addicting. I never thought to paint them though, neat.

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#2 posted 05-04-2015 04:34 PM

Colours are absolutely astonish!

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#3 posted 05-04-2015 09:23 PM

Pretty cool! These have been on my “To do” list for a while!

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#4 posted 05-05-2015 09:20 PM

With the green one how about putting a pivot point in the middle so they can spin in both directions would be cool.
And really nice work.

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#5 posted 05-18-2015 03:48 AM

Thanks for the kind comments everyone! htl…I like the way you think! The pivot point in the middle is a really great idea. I think I will try that the next time I build one of these…darn, why does winter have to be so far away…

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