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A plywood Chapel with a Twist

Still it had a compelling quality. The chapel’s raw character and dynamic presence belied its size, measuring just 18″ tall, minus a spire that used to cap the steeple. (In this photo the steam-powered tin table saw figure is 4″ tall, about right for the 5-1/2″- tall chapel entrance). It dawned on me that this was more than just a model or a plaything. The steeple was removable and there was a mysterious sliding floor set into grooves in the side walls. I took it home for twenty bucks and set it on a shelf.

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The whimmy diddle – an old folk toy, made new again

One of the sticks is notched, and has a propeller on the end secured by a small nail or screw. The second stick is rubbed along the notches, causing the propeller to spin to the left (gee) or to the right (haw)… commands that are historically associated with guiding plow stock through crop rows.

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