Item number: LJD
This is Charlie Alm's original design Limberjack Dancing Doll. He's made
them this way since 1953! With many thousands sold all over the world,
this has become the defacto design for Limberjacks. While fun all by
itself, the limberjack is a great musical instrument and is often used
with various types of folk music, as a precussion instrument, and is also
found in many doll collections. Often used in old-time, Celtic, Irish and
various other folk forms of music. They are also popular with
storytellers, puppeteers, and (I almost forgot) KIDS!.
Some people like to leave their natural wood finish and others prefer to
paint, decorate, or even clothe them in tiny fabric clothes! Often they
have faces drawn, painted or carved on their heads. Limberjacks are known
by many other names, including: Limber Jill, dancing man, dancing Dan, jig
doll, and so on.
The Limberjack is ten and a half inches tall and is jointed at the
shoulders, hips and knees. The paddle board is 24 inches long and made of
Baltic birch. The stick is of domestic birch and is 18 inches in length.
The doll may be made of poplar (the Indiana state tree), walnut, cherry,
maple or any other wood we fancy. At this time we do not take special
requests for the material of the Limberjack.
When your Limberjack Dancing Doll arrives, there will be 3 parts in the
box: the paddle board, the stick, and the Limberjack. The stick is not
attached yet (for better shipping rate). Place the Limberjack face down on
a sturdy surface like a table or the floor. Position one end of the stick
over the hole in the Limberjack's back, and tap the top of the stick
gently with a hammer to drive it into the hole. It should go in about one
quarter of an inch. Your little guy is now ready to dance!
To make him dance, you sit on one end of the paddle board, hold the little
guy with one hand out near the farthest end of the board (click on the
B&W pic above to see how), and bounce the board with your other hand -- he
dances up a storm! To get
him to dance the very best, you will want to sit on a wooden chair or
stool (not upholstered). This way the bouncing of the paddle board is much
crisper, making for a lot better dancing by the Limberjack.
The Limberjack has been around for hundreds of years, originally coming to
our country from Europe. Often they are hand made, though they were also
mass-produced in the US as early as 1900. This little fellow can dance to
any kind of music, even whistling or singing. Take care of him and he will
be around to give you and generations to come many a bright little dance!
Our little dancing man is made of any of a variety of hardwoods, including:
maple, cherry, ash, poplar, walnut, birch, chestnut, etc. We use
recycled / "2nd life" materials whenever we can for the body. Our
current batch is made from birch and poplar out of an old piano, so the
limberjacks have already have already had music in their bones for over
150 years! The stick is made of
either birch or maple, and the paddle board is made of Baltic birch.
Only $19.95 USD
Buy 5 Limberjacks and get one free! Only $99.75 USD
Item number: LJC
When a lady called and asked if we could make a Limberjack chicken, we sat
down with a pencil and did some sketching and this is what came out. Our
new Limberjack Dancing Chicken is a comical little character and really
dances up a storm.
The Limberjack Dancing Chicken is ten and a half inches tall and has
jointed wings, hips and knees. The paddle board is 24 inches long and made
of Baltic birch. The stick is of domestic birch and is 18 inches in
Your Limberjack Dancing Chicken will arrive with: the paddle board, the
stick, and the Limberjack Chicken. The stick is not attached yet (better
shipping rate). Put the Limberjack Chicken face down on the table. Put the
stick over the hole in the Limberjack Chicken's back and tap it gently in
about 1/4 inch. (You may want to put some glue in the hole first.) Your
little chicken is now ready to dance!
Some of this Dance-Crazed Chicken Limberjack's favorite tunes are the
Chicken Reel, the Chicken Dance (you know the one), and Turkey in the
Straw. Nowadayz there's a panic in the hen house when the fiddle
Hooey Stick (also known as a "Gee Haw Whimmey Diddle")
Item number: HS
Baffle and amaze your family and friends with the mysterious "Hooey
Stick"! Get the Hooey Stick's propeller spinning as you rup it with
the short stick, then stamp your right foot and holler, "HOOEY!" Your
Hooey Stick's propeller
changes directions as if by magic at your command. How can it be?? Is it
magic? Or is it a bunch of "hooey"?
The Hooey Stick's other name, Gee Haw Whimmey Diddle, comes from the "gee"
"haw" which were verbal commands you would give a horse to tell it to go
left or right.
This old time toy
is a real hoot and will have those you show it to scratching their heads for hours. The trick
of doing it is easy once you know the secret. Instruction sheet
"How to Operate the Hooey Stick" is included with every one.
Buy ten Hooey Sticks and get two free! Only $19.95 USD
* HOOEY STICK! * HOOEY STICK! * HOOEY STICK! *
Item number: WG
The Whirlygig is a flying toy that you launch with a simple two-handed
great folk toy demonstrates the principle of the windmill's rotor or
the airplane's propeller.
Put the stick between you hands. Pull one hand toward you and push the
away -- the whirlygig's rotor lifts is high into the air. You can make it
fly to amazing heights.
It is probably not true, but Charlie sometimes says the Wright Brothers
idea for their airplane from playing around with a Whirlygig when they
were kids back in Ohio.
When you are flying the Whirlygig observe the wind direction so you do not
get it stuck up on the roof of the house or high up in a tree. Although
it can be done, most moms
will probably NOT want the Whirlygig flown in the house. This is a fun toy
that any kid from age 8 up to, yes, even adults can easily master.
Instruction sheet on "How to Operate the Whirlygig" is included
with every order.
Buy ten Whirlygigs and get two free! Only $19.95 USD
Item number: LK
We have had a lot of people ask if we would make a limberjack kit over the
years, so we
finally got around to doing it. It is exactly like our standard limberjack
except you get to put it together!
This functioning limberjack kit can be built in under an hour. It is a
great project for anyone who would like to have a limberjack and the fun
of building it themselves. A great activity for schools, scouting and 4-H.
Recommended for ages 7 to adult.
Kit includes stick and dancing board to make your limberjack dance. Tools
required: Flat blade screwdriver, hammer, wire cutters, sandpaper &
wood glue. Includes detailed assembly instructions, how to dance
What are you waiting for? Build your own Limberjack Dancing Doll today!
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