Saturday, March 10, 2012

Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle

The GeeHaw Whimmy Diddle.

Here is a great toy, that is very fast to make, and the kids love these things! All one needs to do is to find a willow tree, a small screw, and then get busy!

What is a GeeHaw Whimmy Diddle? Glad you asked! A GeeHaw Whimmy Diddle is a toy that has two parts. One is just a rubbing stick, the other has a propeller that spins on its end. This stick also has a row of grooves on it, causing a pleasing noise as it is worked. As the prop spins, in one direction, the operator says the magic words, "GeeHaw Whimmy Diddle", and it magically changes direction of spin! This can be done over and over, and each time "GeeHaw Whimmy Diddle" is called out, it changes direction!

I saw my very first GeeHaw Whimmy Diddle way back when I was a young boy. My Grandfather arrived from out west with one of these for us, and demonstrated that it did, in fact, work. I could not believe that this was a real thing! For a youngster like myself, this was too much to process. But there it was, right in front of me. The fact that it stopped and changed direction completely blew me away! It wasn't long before I was making my own GeeHaw Whimmy Diddle out of whatever I could find.

You can find these on Ebay, for a small price, or I will sell you one of mine, easy enough. However, since you found it here, you will most likely want to make some yourself. Here are the rough specks for the GeeHaw Whimmy Diddle....

Keep the length of the two sticks to about 10 inches long. The sticks are about as large around as a pencil. Let fresh cuttings completely dry out. One stick should have a crook in it, for the palm of your hand. This is not a deal breaker, but it ads that special something. The rubbing stick should match, but be straight.

The nine grooves are evenly spaced throughout 2 inches. The prop is about one inch in length. I like to make my props while still "on the stick", drill my hole in the center, and then snap it off for balancing. An un-rolled, and bent, paperclip will serve as a balance tool, as you sand on the heavier of the two ends with sandpaper. The heavy end will be the one that travels to the bottom as you spin the prop, while in the paper clip. Drill a hole in the center of the GeeHaw Whimmy Diddles' grooved stick, and screw the finished prop into it. Test it, and make final sanding of all parts. I certainly will sell you some willow branches, or complete GeeHaw Whimmy Diddles, so please leave me a comment or contact me today! Each GeeHaw Whimmy Diddle comes with the secret to make them work!

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