Monday, June 3, 2013

Vollis Simpson, Maker of Wonderful, Whimsical Whirligigs, Dies at 94

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Vollis Simpson (Gerry Broome, AP)
Whirligigs by Vollis Simpson in NC
Whirligigs by Vollis Simpson in NC (Gerry Broome, AP)
Wikipedia describes whirligigs as, "pinwheels, buzzers, comic weathervanes, gee-haws, spinners, whirlygigs, whirlijig, whirlyjig, whirlybird, or plain whirly. Whirligigs are most commonly powered by the wind but can be hand or friction powered or even powered by a motor."  The most famous whirligig maker of all was Vollis Simpson, who created some massive and creative wind-driven whirligigs with which he  populated his farm. This whirligig farm, located in Lucama, North Carolina, contained over 30 large whirligigs, most of which are currently undergoing restoration. More than just whimsical or artistic, however, whirligigs can often be useful as energy producers or weather vanes among other practical functions. Vollis Simpson, a creative inventor/artist/tinkerer/ who lived his life among the beautiful things he built and loved. 

From Windmills to Whirligigs / ©Science Museum of Minnesota 1996
Pinwheel by Nevit Dilmen (Own work) - Wikimedia Commons

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