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The Pull-Toy Series No. 11 – The Begging Dachshund

White Pine, Found Wood, Steel, Pewter, Glass, Leather and Copper

13″l x 17″t x6″w

Automated pull toy – dog waves its paws when pulled.

$724

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Many years ago I built an animated pull-toy for the son of a friend — a jaw snapping, tail-wagging alligator. It was a great piece. Ever since I wanted to get back to animated artwork.

The problem was finding a way to join quality (ie. round) wheels to axles. This is important to provide direct drive to the action of the sculpture.

Yesterday I experimented with steel rod, thread cutters and various simple hardware and am confident that I can not make a reliable connection to the pewter wheels that I am  using for the pull-toy series.

On the bench today is a pair of leaping and running dogs. There will be more toys with action ahead!

 

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Noblesville (Indiana) Democrat for July 15, 1892

A Big Snake Story

Last Friday morning Samuel Applegate and George Farris, two young men of this city whose reputation for truth and veracity cannot be questioned, saw a strange sight which they converse very freely about.  They were driving north on the Cicero Pike between the Lake Erie car bridge and the wagon bridge when their attention was attracted towards White River when they noticed what they at first supposed to be a large dog splashing in the water.  Closer observation changed their opinion as to the character of the animal.  A few moments later they saw the entire body of the monster, which had the form of a huge serpent twelve feet in length and perhaps three feet in circumference with a forked tail.  On catching a glimpse of a man, the animal immediately disappeared and has not been seen since.  It is supposed that it came down White River from some larger body of water during the recent floods.

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In the 1820s this monster, painted by Indiana artist George Winters, was said to inhabit Lake Manitou in Fulton County.

When Hamilton County Historian, David Heighway, shared this story with me the wheels started turning. Why wouldn’t I carve the Noblesville Sea Monster?

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We will see where this leads over the next few weeks.

For more information about the Noblesville Sea Monster read David Heighway’s article here.

 

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I’ve been commissioned to draw and to design and create, but this is the first custom pull-toy. The client sent photos of a worn, primitive stuffed animal and wanted my interpretation. Without the photo I’d have never taken this direction. I’m glad that I did!

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Pull-Toy No. 8 – The Elephant

12″l x 8″w x 10″t

White Pine, Leather, Glass, Pewter, Steel, Copper, Horsehair

(Custom pieces cost no more than existing pieces. The process begins with a short exchange of emails. I then produce drawings for the client’s approval. Changes are made. With a deposit of 50% I begin work. I send photos documenting progress. The piece is completed within three weeks and shipped with payment of the balance. Please email me at 50littlebirds@gmail.com if you are interested in a custom piece.)

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The Pull-Toy Series No. 7 – The Holstein

15 1/4″l x 5 1/4″w x 11 1/2″t

White Pine, Found Wood, Steel, Glass, Leather, Pewter, Bone, Cotton

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The Pull-Toy Series

No. 5 – The Giraffe

White Pine, Found Oak, Steel, Pewter, Glass, Horse Hair, Leather. Linen

34″t x 8 1/2″w x 16 1/4″

Available Here.

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The Pull-Toy Series No. 4 – The Hippopotamus

White Pine, Found Wood, Steel, Pewter, Leather, Glass, Copper and Bone

8″l x 4″w x 6 1/2″t

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The Pull-Toy Series No. 3 – The Zebra

White Pine, Glass, Horse Hair, Leather, Steel, Linen and Pewter

7 1/2″l x 5 1/4″w x 10″t

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_mg_0127In high school I purchased a set of metal spoked wheels to put on Noah’s Ark that I had carved. Over the years the unfinished ark disappeared and the wheels ended up hanging from a piece of string over my bench.

I’ve often looked at these wheels and thought about building a pull toy. I was too busy. There were birds to carve and the house always needed work.

About a month ago I began to draw elephants. I scribbled elephants on the borders of meeting minutes and on restaurant placemats. I found some time to work in the shop and remembered those wheels (in the meantime another pair had appeared on the same string.).img_1850

Long story short…I’m carving pull toys. I’ve begun to sketch a series — a long series.
These are fun and take my work in a new direction. I love to carve birds, but I am getting great satisfaction drawing all of the animals that fascinated me as a child.

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The Pull-Toy Series No. 1 – Elephant

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The Pull-Toy Series No. 2 – Giraffe

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The Pull-Toy Series No. 3 – Zebra

The Pull Toy Series No. 4 – Hippopotamus

 

 

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