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.
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.
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.
When Hamilton County Historian, David Heighway, shared this story with me the wheels started turning. Why wouldn’t I carve the Noblesville Sea Monster?
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.
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.)
In 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.).
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.
The Pull-Toy Series No. 1 – Elephant
The Pull-Toy Series No. 2 – Giraffe
The Pull-Toy Series No. 3 – Zebra
The Pull Toy Series No. 4 – Hippopotamus