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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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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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_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

Available Here

The Pull-Toy Series No. 2 – Giraffe

On Bench

The Pull-Toy Series No. 3 – Zebra

The Pull Toy Series No. 4 – Hippopotamus

 

 

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