Some people like to leave their natural wood finish and others prefer to paint, decorate, or even clothe them in tiny fabric clothes! Often they have faces drawn, painted or carved on their heads. Limberjacks are known by many other names, including: Limber Jill, dancing man, dancing Dan, jig doll, and so on.
The Limberjack is ten and a half inches tall and is jointed at the shoulders, hips and knees. The paddle board is 24 inches long and made of Baltic birch. The stick is of domestic birch and is 18 inches in length.
When your Limberjack Dancing Doll arrives, there will be 3 parts in the box: the paddle board, the stick, and the Limberjack. The stick is not attached yet (for better shipping rate). Place the Limberjack face down on a sturdy surface like a table or the floor. Position one end of the stick over the hole in the Limberjack's back, and tap the top of the stick gently with a hammer to drive it into the hole. It should go in about one quarter of an inch. Your little guy is now ready to dance!
To make him dance, you sit on one end of the paddle board, hold the little guy with one hand out near the farthest end of the board (click on the B&W pic above to see how), and bounce the board with your other hand -- he dances up a storm! To get him to dance the very best, you will want to sit on a wooden chair or stool (not upholstered). This way the bouncing of the paddle board is much crisper, making for a lot better dancing by the Limberjack.
The Limberjack has been around for hundreds of years, originally coming to our country from Europe. Often they are hand made, though they were also mass-produced in the US as early as 1900. This little fellow can dance to any kind of music, even whistling or singing. Take care of him and he will be around to give you and generations to come many a bright little dance!
Our little dancing man is made of any of a variety of hardwoods, including: maple, cherry, ash, poplar (the Indiana state tree), walnut, birch, chestnut, or any other wood we fancy. We use recycled / "2nd life" materials whenever we can for the body. Our current batch is made from birch and poplar out of an old piano, so the Limberjacks have already have already had music in their bones for over 150 years!