"Band of the Whirligigs" Whirligig Wars 2013 Entry

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Project by TheTalkingGrape posted 07-24-2013 04:25 AM 2176 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my entry into the 2013 Whirligig Wars competition hosted by Laney Shaughnessy (ASDO) and Steve Ramsey (WWMM). All mostly made from Pine because thats the wood I had and some Australian Jarrah as well. Painted with acrylic paint. This is my first whirligig and I faced many problems such as getting the grove in the body and bending the wire to the right size. For the body I used some old floor board with the tongue and grove so I used the grooved side for the runner which holds the shaft. With the wire I should of bent it first then measured it on the body to cut the notched out but instead I went ahead and cut the notched first (bad idea) and so I had to super carefully bend the wire to the right size. Enjoy the video.

-- Tim, Sydney Australia,,

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#1 posted 07-24-2013 05:51 AM

That is a very cool project Tim, well done and all the best in the competition.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#3 posted 07-24-2013 08:19 AM

So cool Love it….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 07-24-2013 12:29 PM

Way to go man!! Very Nice!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#6 posted 07-24-2013 12:53 PM

Cool project and video. Whirligigs and wind chimes are becoming projects of interest to me as they provide intriguing ways to use up some of my ever growing scrap pile. Thanks for the continued inspiration that has my interest.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#7 posted 07-24-2013 01:08 PM

Thanks Greg, the thing with me is that nothing in the shop is scrap even the tiniest piece I can still work with.

-- Tim, Sydney Australia,,

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#8 posted 07-24-2013 03:10 PM

Cool project with charming animation!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 07-24-2013 07:32 PM

Good whirligig Tim. I like the action of the violin best because of the way the bow moves up and down while going horizontally.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 07-24-2013 08:59 PM

Nice entry. A great amount of movement. Good Luck.


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

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#11 posted 07-24-2013 09:41 PM

Wonderful creation Tim, best of luck with the show :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 07-25-2013 05:15 AM

TIM! I absolutely love this. It’s creative and wonderful. Good luck in the contest.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#13 posted 07-25-2013 07:16 AM

that’s great work, and well done on the animatronics, I checked out the video, remember the “I should have’s” are all part of the learning process, if you didn’t recognise them you would repeat the practice on the next one.

-- Regards Robert

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#15 posted 07-27-2013 02:17 AM

This is very unique and absolutely beautiful. Great work. Good luck on the entry.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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