The Whirligig dates back several centuries. The Puritans of New England typically observed the Sabbath with austerity. All frivolities and domestic tasks were frowned upon and toys were put up for the day with the exception of Noah's Ark, which was considered a Biblical toy and another'Sunday Toy', the Whirligig.The Whirligig was a quiet toy and it was an individualized paddle arm wood carving. As the child ran with it, the arms, attached to the figure on a rod passing through the shoulders would spin crazily. The Whirligig is a wind toy which was referred to by Washington Irving in'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. More complex versions of the Whirligig may be powered by a propeller which through a series of connecting rods may activate one or more figures. After my retirement in 1990, my wife, Barbara and I decided to pursue our hobby and interest in Folk Art by creating Whirligigs and Sculpted Figures. Barbara accepted the responsibility of doing the sanding and the art work that makes our efforts presentable to the public, and it was up to me to do the woodwork, carving and the mechanics. In the beginning or efforts were concentrated on facsimiles that were inspired by antique Whirligigs and wind toys. Although we continue to make likenesses of the antique pieces, we have also created several copyrighted original designs. Each Whirligig and Sculpted Figure is handcrafted by the two of us using customary methods and they are all limited editions which are signed, numbered and dated. Since each piece is individually crafted there may be subtle differences in size and color which add to the originality.
The item "Ted & Barbara Alfred Horse & Riders Folk Art Whirligig Signed Dated Number 18/25" is in sale since Tuesday, March 5, 2019. This item is in the category "Art\Folk Art & Indigenous Art". The seller is "kawebby" and is located in Wake Forest, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation.