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    I am getting ready to vend at a Folk Festival, so my shop is awash in Limberjacks.

    This is a very good scroll saw project and they sell well.

    If you play with one at your booth it is guaranteed to draw a crowd.

    For all you ever wanted to know about Limberjacks and plans for them go to:
    http://chrisbrady.itgo.com/jigdolls/jigdolls.htm

    Hope you will give Limberjacks a try.
    Dave
    www.harmonycraft.etsy.com
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    Those are quite interesting. I have not seen any since I was a child. Val Knight gives the best demonstration. What price can you command for these, and do you demonstrate to music?
    Last edited by wood-n-things; 10-13-2011, 01:38 AM.
    "Still Montana Mike"

    "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
    Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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    • #3
      Oh Dave those are wonderful. I bought one years ago but never worked with it enough to get "good". They are fun!
      DeWalt 788

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      • #4
        Looks great,preciate the link.
        Tony

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        • #5
          Mike,
          I sell a simple Limberjack for $30. If I add anything to it, I raise the price accordingly.
          Music is not a good idea when you are in a cluster of venders. But the sound of the wooden feet on the dance board will get attention.
          Dave

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          • #6
            Dave -- Love your limberjacks. There are a lot of those old folk art toys that are really fun. I've been making them for a lot of kids for years.
            Mtnman Jim

            taking life as it comes and trying to make the best of it

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            • #7
              Jim,

              Thank you for your kind words. Would like see some pictures of your limberjacks.

              Most people cut two slots in the bottom of the body to mount the legs, that is the Appalachian way.

              I prefer the French Canadian way of mounting the top of the leg on the side of a tapered body, think it gives the doll a more streamline look.

              Always looking for new ideas, if any of you limberjack makers would like to share pictures.

              Dave

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              • #8
                I do not mean this to sound negative about your pricing or
                anything but, I am just surprised that in this age of technology
                where you can't find a teen-ager or young adult without a
                cell phone attached to their ear that Limberjacks are good sellers.
                I'd have never imagined that at all!
                Like I said, I'm not doubting you or anything, just expressing my
                surprise.
                Thanks for sharing and God Bless! Spirithorse

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                • #9
                  Spirithorse,

                  My best customers are not young folks, but parents with small children, Grandmas, clog and contra dancers.

                  People who come to folk festivals are looking for the old style toys.

                  How can you beat the combination of a great toy and a musical instrument?

                  Dave

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                  • #10
                    Some new designs.

                    Dave
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                    • #11
                      I am currently making "dancing dolls" as they are called here in UK. I play a melodeon and they were a traditional fun percussion instrument. It is my intention to have them ready for the music festival season next year, so will get started once Christmas is over. I really like yours, do you play or have someone play for you?

                      Sue

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                      • #12
                        Sue,
                        Looking forward to your pics as well.
                        "Still Montana Mike"

                        "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
                        Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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                        • #13
                          Sue,

                          I use MaryLee's CD.
                          CD Limberjack Dancing Songs by pipergrove on Etsy

                          Dave

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                          • #14
                            Folk Festival went well. Limberjacks sure draw people to your table.

                            Dave

                            www.harmonycraft.etsy.com
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                            • #15
                              I'm still trying to find time to make some...
                              "Still Montana Mike"

                              "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
                              Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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