What is a Whirligig?
A whirligig is an object that spins or whirls, or has at least one member that spins or whirls. Whirligigs are also known as pinwheels, buzzers, comic weathervanes, gee-haws, spinners, whirlygigs; whirlijig; whirlyjig; whirlybird; or plain whirly. Whirligigs are most commonly powered by the wind, but can be hand or friction powered, or even powered by a motor. They can be used as a kinetic garden ornament. They can be designed to transmit sound and vibration into the ground to repel burrowing rodents in yards, gardens, and backyards.
What is Whirligigman?
Put wind and art together and you end up with a whirligig. I represent some of the best whirligig artists across the nation and am fortunate to market products of their labors. Whirligigman, based in Emerald Hills California: sells, collects, designs, restores, and consults on installation of, wind driven kinetic sculptures including whirligigs. Many of the pieces I represent are artist signed and collectible. Whirligigs add a unique element of interest to any home or landscape and never fail to put a smile on any face. Let me help you get a whirligig that will be certain to please. Below is a small sampling of my current inventory and type of work each artist produces. If the artist name is underlined you can click to link to their webpage or site. Warning: collecting folk art, such as whirligigs, can be highly addictive and will be certain to bring pleasure to you and your loved ones.
Tim Reed creates wonderful whimsical sculptures that are best displayed indoors, near an open window, to allow a cooling breeze to activate the spinning elements. Each piece is unique, signed, and dated. Tim's pieces are highly collectible and he has a cult following that appreciate the detail and zany theme of each piece. Tim's pieces range in price from about $150 to $700. COMING SOON FOR A LIMITED TIME: hanging ornaments under $40 a piece (each piece is unique, signed, and dated). Most of Tim's ornaments carry the theme of the larger pieces and incorporate the whirligig spinning element.
Fulton and Lorna Toub create some of the best, outdoor, whirligigs I have ever seen. Fulton has over 25 years of experience in making the highest quality whirligigs available. Fulton uses the best quality materials and his whirlys have the smoothest, almost hypnotic, motion. Each piece is hand signed with a small protected plaque containing the signature. Fulton's pieces range from about $150 to $500 with custom pieces going even higher. Considering the quality, and time it takes to make each piece, they are an excellent value.
Pam is a good 'ol (not old) gal from the heart of Texas. Pam makes all these miniature whirligigs herself and I have convinced her to sign each piece she supplies to me. These small whirligigs can either be suspended by hanging on a line or they can be placed on top of a narrow dowel rod (I use 1/8" stainless steel welding rod) that is placed in the ground or in a flower pot or.... Most of Pam's pieces are in the $10 to $14 range.
Walston has created a full line of traditional and some contemporary, unique, whirligigs. Walston whirligigs, although not artist signed, all are handmade by American craftsmen in New England. Walston has been making these since 1925 and some of their designs are original to that time period. These wonderful Whirligigs are an affordable alternative for someone who wishes to add a wind sculpture to their yard without paying the higher prices commanded by pieces made by individual artists. Most Walston pieces are in the $40 to $100 range. Walston also offers deck mount and post mount brackets at extra cost.