Whirligigs, weathervanes and signs

Here are whirligigs, weathervanes and signs from the American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum in New York. I have always been fascinated by whirligigs–I’ll have to see if I missed the workshop at Crystal Bridges for making one.

American Made Exhibit, floor sign

American Made Exhibit, floor sign

Uncle Sam Riding a Bicycle Whirligig, Artist Unidentified, 1880-1920

Uncle Sam Riding a Bicycle Whirligig, Artist Unidentified, 1880-1920, paint on wood with metal

It was all I could do to not touch this to make it spin. Maybe I could sneak in one of those personal fans. Heehee.

Standing Sentinel Whirligig, Artist Unidentified, mid-late 19th c.

Standing Sentinel Whirligig, Artist Unidentified, mid-late 19th century, paint on wood with metal and glass

Eagle and Shield Weathervane, Artist Unidentified, ca. 1800

Eagle and Shield Weathervane, Artist Unidentified, ca. 1800, cast bell metal

Columbia Weathervane, 1865-75, Artist Unknown, possibly Cushing and White

Columbia Weathervane, 1865-75, Artist Unknown, possibly Cushing and White, paint on copper and zinc

Sea Serpent Weathervan, Artist Unidentified

Sea Serpent Weathervane, Artist Unidentified, 1850, New England

J.B. Schlegelmilch Blacksmith Shop Sign and Weathervane, Artist Unidentified

J.B. Schlegelmilch Blacksmith Shop Sign and Weathervane, Artist Unidentified, mid 19th c., SE Pennsylvania, iron with traces of  paint

It’s hard to see, but the horse and shoe motifs and the letters “ER” inside the horseshoe indicate that the blacksmith is a horse shoer.

Hanging Sheep Shop Sign, Artist Unidentified

Hanging Sheep Shop Sign, Artist Unidentified, mid 19th c., paint and traces of gold leaf on wood with metal

My friend and I found this rather disturbing even though it was thought that this sign would have represented a shop selling wool. Something about hanging it from a meat hook…

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Bicycle, Livery, Carriage & Paint Shop Sign, paint on laminated wood with Columbia high-wheel bicycle, built by Amede’ T. Thibault, 1895-1905, St. Albans, Vermont

Tooth Trade Sign, Artist Unidentified

Tooth Trade Sign, Artist Unidentified, 1850-80, probably New England, paint on wood with metal

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8-foot weathervane, hollow copper, featuring Delaware Indian leader Tammany

Next time, I’ll feature quilts and textiles.

We are experiencing a little cooler weather (a very humid 78) which is a relief after the triple digits heat index of the last week or so. Some of our relatives in Minnesota were without power from Thursday till Sunday following straight-line winds of over 100 mph. Sounds like a hurricane. That means there will be a lot of clean up with trees and power lines downed. At least everyone is safe, albeit having to throw out food and clean refrigerators! Till next time…

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Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics and making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of handicraft classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me. Feedback is most welcome—just be kind.

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