Flippy Acrobats (Sir Walter Scott, Bertie Wooster and a Panda)

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Project by ToyMakingDad posted 12-31-2014 02:13 AM 2161 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know… Sir Walter Scott toys have been done to death but I thought I would give one a shot :)

I’ve made dozens of flippy acrobats over the years. Everything from bears to leprechauns to football players and a few historical figures as well. I have always used the pattern in John R. Nelson, Jr’s book American Folk Toys as a starting point. These are super easy and quick to make.

My in-laws are wonderful people but notoriously difficult to get Christmas gifts for.
It is a bit of a family inside joke about my mother-in-law and Sir Walter Scott and my father-in-law has a soft spot for Wodehouse in general and Bertie Wooster in particular. Beside being a bit absurd, I figured these were certainly one of a kind gifts that I think they appreciated.

The panda is for the boyfriend of one of my daughters. Not an in-law yet. (“Yet” says Toy Making Dad as he begins to come to grips with his mortality.)

The wood is from clementine boxes (clear 1/8 plywood.) Painted with craft store acrylics and finished with a high gloss spray clear acrylic. I cut the figures out using both a scroll saw and my band saw.

Two of the “ladder” sticks are square dowels from the Big Orange, the other is from scrap red oak I had. All were finished with a beeswax and mineral oil finish that my daughter and I made this year. Love how it smells and how easy it is to use.

Here is an old post on how I make them –

Here is a quick video of the panda in action:

Thanks for looking.

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia,

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#1 posted 12-31-2014 12:16 PM

Very cool, nice work

-- Pete in NC

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#2 posted 12-31-2014 12:21 PM

I agree, very cool :)

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