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Project by mpounders posted 01-28-2012 09:06 PM 2020 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A “limberjack” is an old-fashioned toy. It’s basically a jointed figure attached to a rod that was made to dance on a thin wooden board. I have made a mechanical version before and wanted to do another, since my carving has improved some since the first one. I started this right after Christmas, for the contest, and have posted the progress and pictures in my blog pages here. Kids of all ages are fascinated by the mechanics and his random dancing moves. Althought the dog does try to steal the show! The figures are basswood and the mechanical componnents are oak, poplar, and birch plywood. The painting is acrylic wash and everything is finished with satin polyurethane.

To quote William Purkey, “You gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like there’s nobody listening, and live like it’s heaven on earth.” Something we should encourage in ourselves and in our children! I hope this toy evokes that joy, that you have memories of a playful dog,and memories of good times. Let the good times roll!

There are some neat ideas entered in this contest, but I appreciate your consideration of my entry. Here is a video of the toy in action. Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 01-28-2012 09:32 PM

Really cool toys very creative Mike

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-28-2012 09:50 PM

Wow, The painting makes it even better.
Nice one.


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#3 posted 01-29-2012 12:54 AM

this is great!

--,the best teacher is repetition.

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#4 posted 01-29-2012 01:00 AM

that is awesome! Really made me smile..

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#5 posted 01-29-2012 01:25 AM

this is outstanding. I love the little finger clicking detail.
Wonderful work again Mike,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#6 posted 01-29-2012 01:28 AM

Wild Mike! I love this. Fantastic carving and animating.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 01-29-2012 02:32 AM

I expected a big change when the painting was done, but WOW! I really like the details on the boots and the dog’s face. A very fun build.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 01-29-2012 03:10 AM

just frickin awesome

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 01-29-2012 02:07 PM

As I said on the video page:

Super job – excellent carving and characterisations.

I’m not sure which dancing style is being demonstrated, but it reminded me of a link I was sent that revealed the origins of Irish dancing :

-- Don, Somerset UK,

#10 posted 01-29-2012 06:53 PM

Thanks for sharing,very impressive,Mike !!!


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#11 posted 01-29-2012 09:35 PM

Thanks everyone! I’m not sure if he is clogging or trying out for Riverdance, but if he makes you smile, then my main goal was accomplished!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#12 posted 01-29-2012 11:34 PM

Cool toy Mike. Great carving!

-- Michael A. Norman

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#13 posted 02-03-2012 02:59 AM

The snapping fingers are a real nice detail.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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