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Whirligigs

A whirligig is an object that spins or whirls, or has at least one member that spins or whirls. Whirligigs are most commonly powered by the wind, but can be hand or friction powered, or even powered by a motor. They can be used as a kinetic garden ornament.

Robin's whirligigs generally represent things within his past or present experience. They add interest to a garden; people enjoy watching them gyrate and children especially love their colour and movement.

Each whirligig is crafted with great care: close tolerances, robust construction, capacity for maintenance and a high gloss acrylic finish. Looked after, it will last for many years.

For display, the whirligig is best placed in the garden during fine weather, maybe on top of a star picket.  Alternatively, Robin will provide a pedestal so that the whirligig can be placed on a verandah table where it can be kept out of the damp weather. A standard (tube) concreted into a large ceramic pot will allow the whirligig to be moved around; either into the wind or into shelter.

Please note:
Neither of the following whirligigs is suited to being left out in all types of weather, particularly rain or high wind. They are built to withstand light to moderate winds and mainly dry conditions. If purchasing one as a gift, be sure to tell the recipient of this fact.
 

 

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Man Cranking Truck

Kids think the man is winding the car up, when he's actually trying to crank start it. The action looks quite comical when the breeze is stiff !

By virtue of its rotary movement, this whirligig will tolerate a medium-to-strong breeze.

The truck is styled on a 1927 Chevrolet utility. It appeals to folk with a strong attachment to farming or a passion for old cars.
 

Click here to see a short video of the whirligig in action.

Click on the picture to reveal an alternative image. Code: WHIRLY-TRUCK

Size: (L) 500 mm. (W) 110 mm. (H) 200 mm.
The propeller has a dia. of approx. 400 mm.

Materials: dressed pine, medium-density fibreboard (MDF), bronze rod, plastic bearings (white bits) and fixtures (black bits), steel crank supported by steel bearings.

Availability: Usually in stock.

Price: $90

 

Man Cranking Tractor

This whirligig will perform well in a medium-to-strong breeze.

As the propeller turns, the driver feverishly cranks his tractor, but sadly never gets to start it.

The tractor is styled on the famous Australian grey Massey Ferguson.

Click here to see a short video of the whirligig in action.

Click on the picture to reveal an alternative image. Code: WHIRLY-TRACTOR

Size: (L) 500 mm. (W) 110 mm. (H) 200 mm.
The propeller has a dia. of approx. 400 mm.

Materials: dressed pine, medium-density fibreboard (MDF), bronze rod, plastic bearings (white bits) and fixtures (black bits), steel crank supported by steel bearings.

Availability: Usually in stock.

Price: $100