WoodworkersWorkshop.com and AZwoodman.com offer patterns and instructions for building homemade whirligigs. Woodworkers Workshop includes free cardinal whirligig instructions with some of its patterns, as of 2015. CherryTreeToys.com sells ready-to-assemble whirligig kits.Continue Reading
Woodworkers Workshop patterns include instructions for making dragonfly, Pegasus, cardinal, swimmer and trumpeting angel whirligigs. Arizona Specialty Woodcraft offers patterns and instructions for making classic Americana whirligigs, including patterns with a woman washing clothes, a man cranking a car, a man riding a horse and a Native American in a canoe. The site also offers instructions for making mini whirligigs in duck, lobster, hummingbird, flamingo and other patterns. Cherry Tree Toys' kits include pheasant, cardinal, hummingbird with flower and duck family whirligigs.
Wind-driven whirligigs transfer wind energy into kinetic energy to spin blades. Whirligigs with wide blades have more surface area to catch wind and require less wind energy to spin than whirligigs with narrower blades. Weather vanes and pinwheels are examples of wind-driven whirligigs.Learn more about Crafting