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Newbie with a question or two or three...or ....

Hi...I'm Kip (Ms Kip here in the South) I saw a fantastic "flying" Pterodactyl while on vacation in Oregon. The wings moved with the wind. I have a horse farm and want to make something similar..flying horse..but have no clue how to start. I can't even think of what to call it to google it. I've tried "wind birds" but that's just little crafty stuff that spins.

Anyone know what they're called or how I can get basic directions on how they work?

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-23-2010, 01:16 PM
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hi kip
try animated weathervanes!
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Whirlygigs

This one is not a horse but it's neat:
http://www.binkyswoodworking.com/Roa...rWhirlyGig.php

http://images.search.yahoo.com/searc...x=wrt&y=Search

You can adapt a basic plan to suit your "horse" design by allowing the legs to turn like propellers. They must be offset 180 degrees so they are in balance. bill

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Thanks Dave..I'll google it.

Woodnthings..this is a whoooole new level. I found an interview with the artist who built it.
Here it is: http://www.opb.org/programs/artbeat/segments/view/551

He's mainly a copper sculpter so most of it is about his "fish" but the Pterodactyl is beyond cool.

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I've googled animated weathervanes but so far all I've come up with is cutesy craftsy things. Those are great but just not for what I want to do. Still stuck. I finally tracked down Tim Power the guy who made it and he tried to explain...but I'm a hands on kinda gal and ...I REALLY need to see it being made or at least photos with instructions. Maybe if I make it back to the Northwest I'll be able to figure it out with it right in front of me. Ratz.

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As a sculptor myself

Graduate in Fine Arts, MFA, I can relate to Tim Powers work! It's great! What I saw in the video was a two side wooden form, the right and left sides, carved in a hardwood plank that he pounds the soft copper into, so that it's all formed from one sheet. You would have to carve in reverse or the negative......not that easy. Or make a positive scupture then cast it in fiberglass to get the negative. If you don't have to have metal the fiberglass would be a great lightweight alternative. KInda leaves out wood though doesn't it. So it all depends on what you want in the end. Sculpture is sculpture and it don't matter what it's made from in my opinion, wood, metal, plastic ceramic etc....So many choices! bill
google "images" has lots of horse pictures;
http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&s...horse&gs_rfai=

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Yes his copper sculptures are nice..that was 7 years ago they're MUCH nicer now.....but that's not what I wanted you to see! Didn't you notice the made out of cedar Pterodactyl with the 17 foot wing span? It's fantastic...and the only one he ever made. A couple of smaller pelicans out of copper later on. Here's a current website with his stuff. http://www.pacificartistsalliance.com/tim_power His skills have improved greatly...but I still love the Pterodactyl.

Most of his wood forms are actually burls. Expensive forms!! But they don't split.

I actually have tons of horse photos...I take them daily..I have a horse farm. www.ppranch.net

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I'm curious. Would you want this design to be outside like a windmill or just be a novel sculpture? I don't think a wooden piece could withstand the elements. The trick would be to make the wings light enough to flap in a light breeze and still not disintegrate in high winds....I'm racking my brain trying to figure out how to make this work hehe! I may just be an artist but I love a good engineering challenge:)
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The one in the interview has been up for 15 years...outside...on the Oregon Coast.

When (if) I make mine it won't be nearly that big. ..but a lot bigger than the ones I've been seeing. And I want wings that go up and down..not windmill.
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Welcome from CT.

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Welcome from Texas !!!

Welcome to the forum.

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