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Limberjacks, Spoons, and Bones

Limberjacks appeal to the child in us at any age. Often used in storytelling and among student settings, the limberjack is a replica of handcarved toys that probably originated Europe several hundred years ago.  Brought to America by early settlers it has taken on an Americana flavor.  It has gone by a variety of names such as paddle puppet, jigger, shuffling sam, stepping sam and clogger.  Indeed a clog dancer is what the limberjack imitates when he is made to dance.  His arms swing wildly and his feet clop against the paddle. 

To make him dance, you need to be seated.  Tuck the paddle partly under your hip. The limberjack is suspended from a stick and held over the paddle. You tap the paddle and when it bounces up to hit his feet you create the clacking sound. With practice, you can dance him to the rhythm of music by shaking him down on the beat so his feet will click on the correct time.

 

Sold undecorated in cherry wood. They can be hand painted to reflect male or female characters. Includes limberjack, stick, paddle, and instructions. Limberjack figure is 10 inches high. Paddle is 23 inches.

Limberjack
Qty: Price: $18.50

 

Limberjack items

 

Limberjack


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Spoons

Handmade musical spoons are a solid wood percussion instrument. They are played by rhythmically tapping between your thigh (or any body part) and hand.

Cherry wood spoons

These spoons are joined together back to back with a finger hole to make playing easier since they won't slip from your fingers. The sound is bright and crisp and the thin shaft makes playing a "roll" on the fingers easy.

9 1/2" long.  In cherry only. Instruction sheet included.

 

Cherry Spoons

Bi-color ash spoons

These spoons are made from a solid piece of wood and the handle is curved to grasp comfortably in your hand. The bowls are back to back. The sound is deeper and louder than cherry. These spoons are not suited to making a "roll" on the fingers.

8 3/4" long. In ash only. Ash is bi-colored.

 

Ash Spoons

Cherry Spoons
Qty: Price: $28.00

Ash Spoons
Qty: Price: $15.00

 

Bones
Handmade musical bones are a solid wood rythym instrument.  Two bones are held in one hand and made to strike each other in a way to make a click-it-y sound. Experienced players often use a pair of bones in each hand.

Sold as a set of 2 bones. Instruction sheet included. 7 3/4 to 8 inches long and 3/4 inch wide. Walnut only. (Walnut and ash are shown. Walnut is the dark brown wood.)

musical bones

Qty: Price: $8.00
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bones and spoons dvd Bodhran, Bones and Spoons
In this DVD Irish bodran player, Tommy Hayes, shows various techniques, handstyles, rolls, strokes and many other skills used in playing the bodhran, bones, and spoons.
Qty: Price: $32.95