Article, photos and video by Wade Costenbader of Victory Guitar Pickups.  You can find more of his instruments and videos at Wade on Cigar Box Nation.  

I believe limberjacks go way back to Europe, probably Irish or Celtic. The limberjacks I am most familiar with are Appalachian style... jointed, wood carved toys that bounce on what is called a paddle board.

Video: Limberjacks from Alan Lomax's "Appalachian Journey" documentary

A person would sit on this stiff, thin paddle board and hold the Limberjack with a long stick that was attached to the back of the figure. The person would then tap the board to make the Limberjack dance and make a percussive sound that could accompany musicians.

I used to make this style when I took my guitars to shows and it really helped draw in the crowd. I was looking at a pile of small cigar boxes a few weeks ago and thought," these would make a cool stage for my limberjacks." From there I thought, why not make the Limberjack dance without a stick running out the limberjacks back. Add a little more mystique!

I must admit just like building CBG's,they are addictive to build, but even more so to play with. It is difficult to walk past without giving the limberjacks a few turns.

I spent a crazy amount of time just scratching my head and figuring out the workings, At this point they take about 10-15 hours from concept to completion. I don't plan on making two that are alike.

 

Views: 479

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Most Excellent!!

Very cool, and what a great gift for kids. I can see these becoming family heirlooms.

These are brilliant, Wade. Nice work. Thanks for sharing them here.

Makes me smile! Well done and thanks for sharing!!

Some folks asked for the link if I were to sell my limberjacks.
So, here's the link:

Victory Dancing Moonshiner Jig Doll Limberjack 2017
https://reverb.com/item/6036985-victory-dancing-moonshiner-jig-doll...

Thanks,

Wade

RSS

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation?How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources

Forum

4 String DBGE tuning options

Started by The Big One in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by darryl kernaghan 3 hours ago. 1 Reply

Guitar skills

Started by Dustin Aurand in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Ron "Oily" Sprague 22 hours ago. 18 Replies

Easy DIY Cigar Box Guitar Stand by Eric Denton

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by Clark Rowden on Wednesday. 2 Replies

Blog Posts

Mini Vacuum Former Experiment

Posted by Clark Rowden on July 20, 2017 at 6:30am 1 Comment

Pocket hole neck attachment

Posted by Jim Brown on July 18, 2017 at 11:13pm 0 Comments

Bladder instrument

Posted by Tom E on July 15, 2017 at 5:00pm 4 Comments

Latest Activity

Jeff 'Bones' Reilly commented on Jeff 'Bones' Reilly's photo
Thumbnail

#6 CBG

"Woof ....."
1 hour ago
darryl kernaghan replied to The Big One's discussion 4 String DBGE tuning options
"Maybe a string calculator will help you out here, i've linked one, but there are…"
3 hours ago
Arlan posted a photo

Time for some building on this beautiful sunny day !

Today is going to be a good day for some building, one CBG on request with modern bridge(experiment…
3 hours ago
Grandpa commented on Grandpa's photo
Thumbnail

Snakeskin! (2)

"Andy, thanks for the " Snake Farm " reference. Went and listened to some Ray Wylie…"
3 hours ago
the anonymous pick commented on Jeff 'Bones' Reilly's photo
Thumbnail

#6 CBG

"good stuff .. and  man's best  friend approved ."
3 hours ago
the anonymous pick commented on the anonymous pick's video
Thumbnail

SWAMP WITCH GUITARS BY THE CEEBEEGEEBEES -REPOST DUE TO CBN CELEB CONTENT

"cheers AGP , it's a  swamp witch  g_itar  video  . only thing…"
3 hours ago
Erasmo Coco commented on James O Lunsford's video
Thumbnail

Like a Rock

"Think I'll go buy a Chevy or is it a GMC . Nice guitar Great Job !!"
5 hours ago
Erasmo Coco liked James O Lunsford's video
5 hours ago
Dustin Aurand posted a discussion

Looking for an amp.

Ok. Looking for a keyboard with the following features.PortableUses batteriesMic inputBass…See More
5 hours ago
Jeff 'Bones' Reilly replied to Mike's discussion Guitar wall hangers in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Here's my upgraded hanger"
5 hours ago
MadGomer replied to Mike's discussion Guitar wall hangers in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Both look good gentlemen, carry on with the builds!"
6 hours ago
The Big One posted a discussion

4 String DBGE tuning options

Hi all,I have my CBG tuned in DGBE tuning, since I know the ukulele and don't want to re-learn all…See More
6 hours ago

Music

Loading…

© 2017   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service