Whirlygig - Daniel Boone Hunting Bear

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Project by GeneFK posted 02-03-2010 04:05 PM 2860 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this project for a friend in Canada. It is mounted on a pole and acts like a weathervane. When the propeller spins the bear paws at the hunter (Daniel Boone) and the hunter moves his knife toward the bear. First attempt at one of these gagets and I was pleased that it actually worked!

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#1 posted 02-03-2010 05:28 PM

Cool whirlygig. I have a book by Rodney Frost on making these, part of my early spring project list. I want to make a few to entertain the squirrels out here. Thanks for sharing.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 02-03-2010 05:42 PM

Yes, I have a couple books of whirlygig plans and asked the recipent to pick one for me to make and they chose this one. Some of the moving parts are quite intricate, and I purchased them in packages, so I have enough hardware to make several more…when time allows.

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#3 posted 02-03-2010 05:43 PM

A fun and unique project good job

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#4 posted 02-03-2010 06:21 PM

Sweet project, very nicely done. It must be funny if I can see it in motion.

It reminds me mine one. It was very simple one, just to indicate the wind direction. I built it when I was about 15yrs. I put a bamboo whistle on one of the propeller, so the frequency of the whistling sound indicates wind speed, approximately. It lasted about 5yrs, blown down by strong wind when I was in college. And the best thing was, my neighbor saw it dived down from 30ft tree. It was so nostalgic.

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#5 posted 02-03-2010 09:03 PM

Very cool. My grandfather made moving toys like that. I remember they were run on round leather belts and a small electric motor drove the whole thing. Kind of scenes depicting events if I remember correctly. He has been gone 52 years now, maybe it is time I tried to make one…. I just looked into old photographs and found a windmill like yours. He had a man chopping wood. Thanks for bringing up old memories.

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#6 posted 02-04-2010 02:19 AM

That is a great one!! Love DAvy:-) Welcome to LJ.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 02-04-2010 05:41 AM

Gene, Welcome to LumberJocks. Looks like a good one.
I have been fascinated lately by these and other moving toys and such. Look forward to seeing any others you get the time to build.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 02-04-2010 06:16 AM

Looks great! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 02-04-2010 06:46 PM

COOL – I love Whirlygigs!!!!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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