“Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens!”

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 04-15-2016 02:31 PM 1376 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“BOK, BOK, BOK, BOK….BOK, BOK, BOK, BA-GEEEK!” -An Anonymous Chicken

This week’s blog post from ‘the geek’ features a minor project that has been nearly three years in the making –
A chicken, action, folk-art, novelty toy.

This contrivance works by sliding the two sections of the base back and forth, causing the chickens to rock to and fro appearing to vie for ownership of the hapless worm.

It’s one of those intriguing little devices that everyone who sees it wants to pick it up and play with it.

Definitely keeps the handsawgeek amused for seconds on end…..

This happy little creation was built back in early 2013 by Mrs. handsawgeek and myself in the days just before I became obsessed with hand tools. The chicken figures were rendered on an electric scroll saw, and everything is hand painted.

The inspiration for this toy came from one of Mrs. handsawgeeks’s friends who happened to have an old, crude version that was broken. I offered to repair it for her, and in the process of dismantling and fixing it, thought it would be cool to make one of my own.

The only thing that I couldn’t find was a suitable worm. None of the local sporting goods stores had rubber bait worms that were anywhere close to being long enough to be used in this toy.

I pondered using a length of brown yarn as a substitute.

That was all remedied last week when I discovered a box containing a number of really large rubber bait worms at a local yard sale. Most of the worms in the box were weird colors – blue , green, red, etc, – save for a solitary brown one.

I coveted that one worm, but didn’t want to spring for the whole box load.

Dangling my new-found prize before the purveyor of yard sale goods, I solemnly asked the question…

“What’ll you take for this worm?”

“Aaaah, you can have it for free.”


Clutching my new acquisition, I discreetly did a little victory fist pump, and an almost inaudible “YES”. I proudly placed the worm on the table with the stash of other items I was going to purchase.

A soon as I got home, out came the egg-beater drills. After over three years, the chicken toy was finally finished.

I was complete…for the moment.

-- Ed

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#1 posted 04-15-2016 06:06 PM

Ha! Ha! I love the story of the worm! I think this is great for young children who haven’t yet been introduced to electronic toys, I love the old ones, I guess they died out due to the cost of making them.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#2 posted 04-15-2016 07:44 PM

“Definitely keeps the handsawgeek amused for seconds on end…..”
I made my comment on the Project Post before I read this, Ed. Have I found another doppelganger?
Did you really get it for free? You were taken in by the oldest trick in the worm dealer’s book. “The first hit’s always free.”
Remember what the world-renowned fella said: “You gotta keep the worms wet.” His name was, also, Ed. Dirty Eddie. Also known for another pithy phrase: “She likes it that way!”

-- Mark

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#3 posted 04-15-2016 08:03 PM

You know what they say: “Great minds think alike…”

-- Ed

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#4 posted 04-15-2016 11:05 PM

Hank Thompson – Gotta Sell Them Chickens Before They Die And The Eggs Before They Hatch.

My wife came home with these John Henry Bears.

Awhile back someone posted a restored fiddler. It got me thinking about making one with a knee joint connected the the bow arm. He would have to be a kangaroo and have giant cool guy shades of course.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#5 posted 04-16-2016 12:08 AM

Just love a happy ending and the beginning wasn’t half bad ether. LOL

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#6 posted 04-16-2016 03:17 AM

Ed, you crack me up! Since you got the worm, I’m guessing you were the early bird.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 04-18-2016 05:49 PM

Well done. I better not show this to the wife. ;)

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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#8 posted 04-18-2016 06:57 PM

How come? Will she want you to build one?

-- Ed

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#9 posted 04-18-2016 07:29 PM

Probably. :)

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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