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Jig Dolls
« on: June 22, 2017, 01:09:10 PM »

As the melodeon is one of the insruments used for jig dolls, I wondered if there was anyone who has knowledge of where I can acquire plans to build a jig doll.  Wish to use it as a tool for school children to become involved in folk music and art.
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Re: Jig Dolls
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2017, 01:23:34 PM »

Here you go
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Re: Jig Dolls
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2017, 10:10:23 PM »

I have commissioned Chris Harvey to make me a couple of rather special jigdolls over the years. I'm seriously thinking about getting his foot machine so that I can play and operate the dolls at the same time 😀...scroll down the webpage to see what he makes
http://jigdolls.co.uk/accessories.html

I just wish I had the diy skills to make my own jigdolls and accessories!
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Re: Jig Dolls
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2017, 11:14:00 PM »

Hi Badger
I got a foot operated jig doll from Chris Harvey and it is superb.
Because I also wanted some more Australian models, a friend made me a copy that looks like a swaggie. The swaggie is good
but it is pretty clear that Chris has all the balance right.
I have seen online a design for 'limber jacks' - the American name - which uses flat timber rather than lathed for the body.
This means you can use the fret saw to cut out multiple pieces if that suits.
Perhaps if you google limber jacks you will get something useful.
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Re: Jig Dolls
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2017, 01:43:37 AM »

The East Anglian Traditional Music Trust has a special section on Jig Dolls.
http://www.eatmt.org.uk/jigdolls.htm
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Re: Jig Dolls
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2017, 06:36:09 AM »

Chris Harvey is brilliant. I sent him photos of two founder members of Bourne River Morris. Back came two very recognisable dolls with the double footplate. A real show stopper.
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Re: Jig Dolls
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2017, 01:21:42 PM »

Badger, try also looking for "marionette a la planchette" there are lots of neat ideas....
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Re: Jig Dolls
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2017, 02:17:46 PM »

Badger, try also looking for "marionette a la planchette" there are lots of neat ideas....

Or, using the Canadian term, bonhomme gigueux | gigueur(:)

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Re: Jig Dolls
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2017, 05:30:26 PM »

One that Chris Harvey made for me...a dancing, timbrel swinging Hallelujah Lassie !

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Re: Jig Dolls
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2017, 09:10:13 PM »

Al that is a thing of beauty

Is her name perchance Barbara?
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Re: Jig Dolls
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2017, 10:58:04 PM »

I seem to remember that Rennie Pickles used to play what he called "Gomersall Gob Music", ie Mouth Music.
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Re: Jig Dolls
« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2017, 01:21:40 AM »

I made one, in about an hour. modeled loosely on the one in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoQ39LxHRio
My jig doll body is made of pine with hardwood for the feet for better sound and 1/4 plywood dancing board.
It can be simple in construction and still sound good. I used toothpicks for pivot points( just because they worked) and cut slots for legs with a table saw. cut out body with jig saw, easy to do.  The kids that come by love it!
I did it all "by eye" as for dimensions but could give you what i did if needed.
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Re: Jig Dolls
« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2017, 03:02:50 PM »

Thanks to everyone for there helpful comments.  I am now in the process of making a jig doll.  However, I would still like to get my hands on a copy of the book.  It must be a good edition to read if they are as rare as it appears.
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Re: Jig Dolls
« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2017, 07:04:09 PM »

Al that is a thing of beauty

Is her name perchance Barbara?
Nope..Sally Ann of course 😀😀😀😀
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Re: Jig Dolls
« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2017, 08:08:51 PM »

Al that is a thing of beauty

Is her name perchance Barbara?
Nope..Sally Ann of course 😀😀😀😀

Not a Major, then.... (:)
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Re: Jig Dolls
« Reply #15 on: June 28, 2017, 10:54:08 PM »

No, she's just a young lieutenant 😁
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Re: Jig Dolls
« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2017, 08:09:14 AM »

Minor young lieutenant ?  >:E
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Re: Jig Dolls
« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2017, 08:17:34 AM »

No, no! She's a jig dancer, not Morris.
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Re: Jig Dolls
« Reply #18 on: July 29, 2017, 05:40:57 PM »

Has anyone got an email or phone number for Chris as I cant find one on the website. I want to discuss getting a jig but tried the checkout takes me to Paypal. Am I missing something? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Jig Dolls
« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2017, 06:26:35 PM »

Hi Mark,
This is the number I have.
+44 (0) 1394 4111960.
 Hope this helps.
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