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Chris the Whirligig Cutter


This week I'm doing a series of posts on The Farm from when we were there in Michigan back in August.

This wind-driven mechanical weathervane is called a whirlygig and sits in the little herb garden on the farm.  You can click here to see how it works.   Ruth's husband, Don, calls this fella 'Chris the Cutter.'

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


Chris the Whirligig Cutter


This week I'm doing a series of posts on The Farm from when we were there in Michigan back in August.

This wind-driven mechanical weathervane is called a whirlygig and sits in the little herb garden on the farm.  You can click here to see how it works.   Ruth's husband, Don, calls this fella 'Chris the Cutter.'

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (40)

lol...a funny one, well captured.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Dotun. smile
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 27 Sep 2007, 00:33
This looks familiar. Haven't we seen this guy before? Pin sharp and great colors!
Ginnie Hart: You may have seen it on Ruth's blog, Martin:
http://flying.my-expressions.com/archives/7346_1577757471/254703
I actually like hers much better. Don't know why mine is so much darker. But since it's one of the photo ops on the farm, I just had to show him. Thanks.
The range of colors is wonderful, Ginnie, as is the DOF.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Red Pen.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Sep 2007, 01:09
He pops out from the dappled background very nicely, and his weather-beaten appearance is full of character.
Clever beans [?] are fighting back, as they have had too many nights disturbed by the screeeech of his futile attempts to hack through the steel "wood".
Great image, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: How many books have you written, Ray??? Are you a columnist somewhere??? If not, you really should think about posting pics and writing somewhere. Seriously!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 27 Sep 2007, 01:34
Martin might have seen my photo of this guy. smile Cute, and nice that you found the site to see how they work!
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure he did, Ruth, and as I told him (I gave him the link), I really like yours better. Not sure why mine is so much darker?! But I just had to show him off because he's another great photo op there on your farm!
http://flying.my-expressions.com/archives/7346_1577757471/254703
Now there is a classic farm image. Love the vine.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, I guess classic is the right word. Thanks, Gail.
  • E Etomi
  • Sweden
  • 27 Sep 2007, 05:57
Chris is quite comical. I like the rustiness.
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Etomi. Thanks.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 27 Sep 2007, 06:15
It looks like a very creative gadget. I wish i could see it in action.
Ginnie Hart: If you click on the link in the above text, Rags, you should be able to see it in action. Thanks.
  • Stan
  • 27 Sep 2007, 06:26
Nice colour...background is a tad distracting
Ginnie Hart: I agree about the background, Stan. I almost didn't post this because of it. I'm still learning about all this DOF stuff! smile
Ginnie, what an amazing farm. Every day you have shared such interesting images. I love this.. so much character!!!!
Ginnie Hart: It really is an amazing farm, Gale. We'd all have a blast if ever we could have a SC meet-up there! smile
  • Roland
  • France
  • 27 Sep 2007, 06:44
Very amazing, with a good DOF !
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Roland. Thanks.
  • Helen
  • United States
  • 27 Sep 2007, 07:02
This is awesome. The colors ... just awesome! Also great DOF.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks ever so much, Helen.
I like that you have included the plant. I think the brightest parts of Chris is captured a little better in Ruths pic, but I like your overall colour range better smile
Ginnie Hart: We could put our 2 photos together and make a collage. smile Thanks, Aksel.
A truly magnificent piece of home made (?) beauty. I also like the way the creeper plant is reaching for it!
Ginnie Hart: I've always been fascinated by whirligig art, Wim. Very creative minds think them up! Thanks.
I love the weatherbeaten look. Looks like the beans are fighting back.
Ginnie Hart: It definitely is weatherbeaten, Bill, for sure. Thanks.
  • shakara
  • Nigeria
  • 27 Sep 2007, 08:10
Excellent !!!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Shakara.
  • chris
  • south of the border!
  • 27 Sep 2007, 09:11
My namesake? grin
Ginnie Hart: Awww. I think so, Chris! smile
  • Magnus
  • Norway
  • 27 Sep 2007, 09:36
As a kid I loved these mechanical weathervanes,(I still do)smile
I even tried to build one, but it didn┬┤t worked as planed smile
Ginnie Hart: These whirligigs totally fascinate me, Magnus. I think it's pretty cool that you tried to make one, even if it didn't work. I sure hope you kept it?!
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Sep 2007, 09:39
Wonderful shot Ginnie, I love watching the mechanical whirlygigs they are very amusing. We used to saw wood on a block like this one with my Grandad. Great DOF in this shot too. smile
Ginnie Hart: They fascinate and amuse me as well, Tracy. Someone was very creative to think this up! Thanks.
Interesting tongue
Ginnie Hart: Uh-oh. There he goes again! smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Sep 2007, 11:03
A funny figure, named Cris (or Balduin, I would give him an oldfashionned name!), he saws and saws and saws, poor man, never ending, driven by wind and weather, he could be made by children, a "weather- beaten appearence" indeed! Why doesn't he saw a wooden cane instead of a metal one, I would change that.
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Philine. You see the tiniest of details. I love it. Thanks.
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Sep 2007, 11:58
I like the way the colours seem to be echoed in the background
Ginnie Hart: You're kind to say so, Paul. I had hoped the background would be a bit lighter, but it is as it is.
  • Aussie
  • Queensland
  • 27 Sep 2007, 12:04
What a cute fella.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Aussie. smile
Nice variety of colours Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bernie.
What a cute little garden gadget. It seems that little Chris has not been doing his job for a while, though! wink Very nice!
Ginnie Hart: That little fella has been around, I'll tell you, Marcello. Ruth has lots of stories she could share. Right now she says the beans did him in since we were we there in August. Thanks.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 27 Sep 2007, 14:08
I love Chris, the Cutter and so do some plants for the look of that growing hug grin Great detail and colours.
Ginnie Hart: Yup. Those beans did him in since we were there in August, Ruth says. Oh well, they'll rig him up again, I'm sure. Thanks, Lina. smile
  • deji77
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Sep 2007, 15:44
like this Ginnie.
even with its age it still works? incredible.
Ginnie Hart: I'm quite sure it would still work if the beans were cut loose. smile Thanks, Deji.
Hi Ginnie and sorry not to be present as I used to but... work, work, work.... I love these in the gardens, it's charming and it gives an exquisite atmosphere... an invitation to a promenade...
Ginnie Hart: Work is your priority, Flo, so I totally understand. Not all of us can be retired like me. smile But thanks for stopping by. Your comments are always appreciated!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Sep 2007, 17:11
Good contrast in the colours here - I love that green with the rusty colour.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Ingrid.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 27 Sep 2007, 17:22
I should tell you that that purple pole bean eventually pulled Chris down. He's still buried, waiting to be rescued.
Ginnie Hart: When I think of all the stories you can tell about where he has been in the past, moving from one place to the other, I'm quite sure Mr. Chris will have many more deaths and resurrections! Thanks, Ruth.
These certainly have their place in folk history, Ginnie. This is nice with the beans twining up around the whirlygig.
Ginnie Hart: This kind of folk art is a treasure to be sure, Mary. I love it! Thanks.
A likey !!!!!
Ginnie Hart: You're too much, Zeb! smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Sep 2007, 19:12
His name should have been Jack.

Jack and the bean stalk.
Jack the Ripper (that saw must be blunt).
Jack be nimble, jack be quick - although he wasn't quick enough - the beans got him. You can see him checking over his shoulder at the bean attack.

Yup, he should have been Jack. Now Ruth can build him a memorial smile

Nice pic of Jack. Yours is more colourful than Ruth's - not darker. Which one is closer to real?
Ginnie Hart: HA! Jack certainly makes sense, Louis. For all the stories Ruth can tell of how he has been moved from place to place, it wouldn't surprise me if he has many more deaths and resurrections...and new names.

I have no clue whose is the correct color! I thought the camera never lied but clearly one of ours did! smile
  • astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Sep 2007, 20:22
Nice picture of Chris, but I think he is with retirement, thanks for letting us see how it works, never saw it in Holland.
Ginnie Hart: Just when we think he's retired, he starts at it again, Astrid! smile What a man!
dof and colour are spot on. All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Dave.
  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Sep 2007, 20:59
What a great little device, like the bit of decay and homemade feel to it.
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Les. Folk art at its best! Thanks.
this is really good
love the subject matter
Ginnie Hart: Thank you much, kind sir!
Hi This is a crazy 'strange steel man' doing its work in the wind. However a beautiful shot with the soft background Ummm 'Cris the cutter' has a lot of broken woods (from the wind fallen) to cut, in the autumn, for the open wood fire place I quesss?

Have a great day Ginniesmile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, dear JoAnn. He has a lot of work to do! smile Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Sep 2007, 21:53
Ach, du lieber Augustin,
Augustin, Augustin,
Ach, du lieber Augustin,
Alles ist hin!

Augustin, Augustin,
Lay down in your coffin!
O, my dear friend Augustin,
I just can't win!

(melancholic folk song from Vienna, but perhaps he will come again, let us believe in the hope!) )
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Yes, he will come again, if Don and Ruth have anything to do about it! smile Thanks, Philine.
LOL. In the Channel of the Midi, I saw one like this but to natural size... he was the one in charge to open deck! smile

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