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.
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!
The Pull-Toy Series No. 11 – White River Willy – Sea Serpent
19″l x 9″w x 8 1/4″t
White Pine, Found Wood, Steel, Leather, Pewter, Found Wood, Brass
The Hamilton County (Indiana) historian recently approached me and shared a story that he discovered about a giant serpent discovered a few blocks from my home in 1892. The entire story may be found by visiting my website at 50littlebirds.com.
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!
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 email@example.com if you are interested in a custom piece.)
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