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Applebucking Applejack Whirligig for XmasGiveaway by xofox Applebucking Applejack Whirligig for XmasGiveaway by xofox
Whew!
I honestly sat down to this project thinking, "Quick and easy; something completely from recycled wood to knock out in a jiffy before my scroll saw gets here." Boy was I mistaken. With multiple multiple versions of the hind legs, about five different designs for the driving mechanism and two completely finished but scrapped drive shafts, this whirligig took me nearly as long as the bullfrog cookie jar, and it still glitches a bit in high wind. (To be fair, it's the Texas panhandle in fall; the wind never drops below 25mph. It seems to work fine in normal wind speeds, that is to say, a couple of hairdryers a few feet away.)
I don't know whether I felt more frustrated or challenged by this piece; it certainly was a new experience, and one I probably should have researched a bit before trying. Learning how to arrange a driving mechanism or carve a propeller by trial and error is, in fact, not a great idea.

But she is finished now, and she does seem to work fairly well. Plus I wanted one more harvesty/autumnal pony before the seasons slide toward snow and ice. At least, that's what it's threatening to do here; I dunno about wherever y'all live. An applebucking piece seemed to fit the bill. Now, what I'm going to do with it I still don't know. It might end up in the Christmas giveaway or, since it was a huge pain in the tuckus, it might go up for sale. is definitely going in the giveaway.

Want to see more of this piece? Check out a work in progress gallery to laugh at me as I make mistake after mistake, or see her complete gallery for detail shots and more pictures. Or, watch a video of her on youtube.


Applejack and My Little Pony belong to Hasbro.
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:iconbluefox195:
BLUEFOX195 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Норм.
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:iconthe-gneech:
the-gneech Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work! Very cool. :)
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks. :)
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FuzzyAliens Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is amazing! Poor Applejack on those windy days, she's gonna be working overtime:)
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Quiet days are her days off, I assume. :D
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Deep-Fried-Love Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconbarfrainbowsplz:
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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AprilDiamond2001 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
Glad you like it.
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perry3333 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Wow I dealt like it
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:iconrenegadecow:
renegadecow Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It seems I may have infected you with the irrational desire to make these confounded ponies move. Good show!
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriously though; I have no idea how you could do anything that complicated.
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:iconrenegadecow:
renegadecow Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Easy. I just sit down and watch mechanical movements on Youtube until my brain turns to mush. I grab a pencil and some paper then BAM! Instant idea. The hard part is making sense of what's been drawn after coming back to your senses.
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Elder-Abe Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
You are seriously amazing.
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks. :D
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MysteryMint Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student General Artist
that is so cool!!!!
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like her. :)
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Yoshimon1 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Buck that tree, AJ!
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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:iconbatosan:
batosan Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very neat! The video of her working is great! Hats off to you!
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, thanks :)
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Pink--Champagne Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
It would be so awesome to see this in somepony's yard.
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Netikras01 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
It looks nice, great job! For next the moving project you could try a flapping wings Rainbow Dash.
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh. That would be fun.
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arkindal Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
It's pretty damn amazing Xofox, nicely done :)
I also subscribed to your youtube account :)
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Glad you like her.
Heh; I have no idea how to run a youtube thingybob; you might have the short end of that stick ;P
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arkindal Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I can teach you :)
I'm a youtuber, not a super successfull one, but I'm gettin more subscribers with time, so I can teach you how to edit videos and stuff, if you want to.
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I probably should learn; for being a 23 year old male I am pretty useless when it comes to computers. =P
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:iconarkindal:
arkindal Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
23? Really?
And I thought you were older than me! :)
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:iconxofox:
xofox Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:shrug:
People seem to have a hard time with me. I've heard it all from 21 to 29ish.
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:iconarkindal:
arkindal Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Aw, sorry :)
Well it's not even easy to guess since I never seen a picture of you, your deviant ID doesn't show your face and the look of you (or whoever in that picture) is so classy I thought you couldn't be younger :P
I, on the other hand, probably look older with that huge amount of beard.
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
=P
I dunno; I'd guess that you're...maybe 25-26 from your picture?
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