Government Health Warning: Playing limberjacks may become addictive. Please use with caution.
Yes Dusty is right- just go to the little display stand for balsa wood and dowels in any good hardware store- find a thin flexible 1/8" thick flexible balsa 'plank'- it'll be just the right bounce and length/width for your limberjack.
Dulcinina, any hardware or home improvement store will have plenty of plywood. They might even cut it for you.
Dulcinina, the board has to be super thin, so that it bounces easily. I am sure the ceiling fan blade is way too thick.
I have two limberjacks that came with boards. Both are rectangular pieces of plywood about two feet in length, 3 or 3-1/2 inches wide, and only about 1/8 of an inch thick.
I was thinking about limberjacks just a few days ago. In the back of my mind I of sort of remembered having one. Went down into the basement and sure enough there he was in a box. The "board" I have for him is the blade of a ceiling fan. I don't think it works particularly well. Any suggestions for a suitable board? Dulcinina
Hi George, there are lots of cool photos, videos, etc, about limberjacks here on FOTMD:
George, you sit on one end of a long thin plywood paddle, put a dowel in the hole to hold the puppet, and hold it so that the feet just touch the paddle. Now you go to thumping the paddle, and the feet of the puppet go flying, and the arms flip back and forth. Talented folks can beat a rhythm to the song being played by another, and the puppet will appear to dance along with it in a comical way. It's a lot of fun, especially for young kids.
I found this, by George Orthey Dulcimer, If I'm not mistaken they were used sort of like a set of "bones", A peg was in the hole in the back, A board of some sort was placed somewhere close to lap level, and the figure was made to "dance"? Or am I off by a mile and them some?