This is a whimsical whirligig made & signed by ALVIN L. I used to live for a time in the St.
Louis area and came upon Mr. Hall and his yard of whirligigs with a FOR SALE sign on his fence. He and his wife were retired and moving to Florida and he could not take his hobby whirligigs.This one is "Man Chopping Wood" and was made in 1977 and is typical of his personal style. The length of this whirligig is 36" and the wooden propellers are 15&1/2" across. The wood painted tail of the whirligig measures 12" x 8". The man is nicely carved and is 8 from his boots to the top of his hat. Hall showed me his little backyard workshop shed where he worked with simple hand tools to make his wind machines. NOTICE how when the wind moves the propeller (he has added thin metal and curved it to get more of the wind), it is attached to a metal shaft which then is bent so it goes in a rotation and Mr. Hall designed the chopper so that his upper body pivots up and down thereby "chopping his wood with his ax".
This American folk art whirligig is in mild weathered condition but that is part of the charm. It works perfectly and has no issues. I will create packaging that will be able to protect the piece during transport. Vintage 1977 FOLK ART Carved & Painted WHIRLIGIG/Wood Chopper/ALVIN HALL" is in sale since Wednesday, November 28, 2018.This item is in the category "Antiques\Primitives". The seller is "artistvoodoo" and is located in Willimantic, Connecticut. This item can be shipped to United States.