....Frequently Asked Questions....

Do you ship your whirligigs outside the United States?

We currently ship our Whirligigs product within the U.S. only.

Can I purchase with a Personal Check instead of ordering via the Internet?

Yes, for domestic (U.S.) orders only. Fill out the Order Form on line and select the "Pay By Personal Check" option (no credit card required). Then "submit" the order (on line) and then mail your check. If you prefer you may print out the order form (on line) and send it with your check.
In either case, your order will ship 2-3 business days after your check is received.
Phone orders are also accepted between 9AM and 5PM EST.

Are the "price tags" removed from gift items that I send?

Yes. There is no pricing information or promotional material included in any shipment to a third party. There is a card included that contains any message that you have specified via the Order Form. If you do not specify a specific message, then a simple "From - To" card is included.
The packing list containing the "transactional" data is mailed directly to you upon order shipment.

--Whirligigs Category--

How do I mount my Whirligig?

Our Whirligigs are designed for mounting in a drilled hole in the top of a wooden post (instructions are included).
You can purchase a wooden post at your local "Home Improvement" store for $3.00-$4.00.
For your convenience, we offer a 2" x 2" x 18" (pre-drilled with attachment screws included) mounting post. This post can be attached to an existing structure (e.g. deck/porch rail, fence, etc.) or a new wood "in ground" post. It is listed separately on the Order Form.

Can I get replacement parts if necessary?

Yes. Because there are "many" different parts that can be replaced, we offer only those parts that get the most wear and/or subject to damage.
There is a "Link" to the "Parts Order Form" at the bottom of the Whirligig description page.
If you dont see what you need, send an e-mail describing the whirligig model involved and the part(s) required.
By return e-mail we will quote the cost including shipping or mailing.
Along with the part(s) we provide you with procedure for replacement and overall re-adjustment of the Whirligig, if necessary.

Does a whirligig require any maintenance by me?

Very little, actually. If there has been a period of strong winds or inclement weather, it's a good idea to inspect for any damage. All bolts / nuts are sealed with "Loctite" compound to keep them from working loose. Oiling is not recommended, as oil can impregnate the wood, cause it to swell and interfere with normal action.

How long can I expect my whirligig to last?

This depends on several factors. We have some over fifteen years old. The worst enemy of whirligigs is high and / or consistent winds. This is obvious because wind causes movement (action) and therefore wear. The painted surfaces won't crack or peel, but the U.V. rays (sun) will cause colors to "fade". A "touch-up" every 4-5 years will keep them brilliant.
If you exercise good judgment and take them down during very high winds, heavy snow / ice, etc. you may expect many years of enjoyment from them.

What are the general construction details of a whirligig?

All of our whirligig figures are made from ¼, ½ or ¾ inch thick red cedar, depending on the model, and are painted in bright colored exterior grade enamel. The figures are 10 to 12 inches high, again, depending on the model.
They are mounted on a pressure treated yellow pine chassis that is either painted or stained, depending on the model. The chassis has a ¼ inch diameter, 5 inch long plated steel spindle for mounting.
Our Whirligigs do not employ the use of brass for the "drive" shafts because the material is very soft and wears out easily.
We fashion all of our "drive" shafts from 9ga. plated steel wire (9/64" diameter). They are bent, flattened, drilled (as required by whirligig model) and then threaded to accommodate 8/32 plated nuts and #6/#8 flat washers.
The drive wires that transfer action from the rotating shaft to movable parts utilizes a softer wire (17, 16 or 14 gauge depending on whirligig model) and is the vulnerable "wear point".
The wire (drive) is readily available and easy to replace. This is a design consideration because you want the wire to fail (break) under stress before any damage to the whirligig occurs.
The propeller has four blades-paddles and is about 15 inches across (tip to tip). The propeller hub is ¾ inch thick pine and the blades(paddles) are 1/8 inch thick Tempered Masonite.
Moving (friction) parts are separated by washers and secured with 6/32 plated and/or stainless steel bolts and nuts. All bolts - nuts are sealed with "Loctite" compound to keep them from working loose.
Overall chassis length, including propeller, is 16 to 19 inches, depending on the model.
Also available is a 2x2x18 inch mounting post that is pre-drilled for the whirligig spindle in one end and is pre-drilled for two mounting screws on the other end (screws are provided). Used for mounting whirligig on deck / porch railings, fences, etc. Post is made from treated southern pine.

What type of wood do you make the whirligigs from?

The chassis are "treated" Southern Yellow Pine. The action "figures" are Western Red Cedar. The propeller blades are "tempered" Masonite.

What kind of paint do you use?

Depending on the model, the component is either painted or stained. All action figures are painted. Stained elements receive one application of an oil based "penetrating" stain plus a sealer. All painted (colored) elements receive one "primer" coat plus, at least, two coats of "outside", high - quality, acrylic latex.

Do you have a catalog?

We do not have a catalog. We believe that the only way to evaluate and appreciate a Whirligig is to see it in action. Our Web Site provides this. A "static" picture only lets you "guess" what the movement is.
The site also describes construction material content and size. If you have any specific questions we will be happy to answer them.