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Published on Nov 21, 2009
http://prairiewindtoys.com/folktoys.html - Charlie plays the Golden Slippers on one of the Appalachian dulcimers he builds and Tab demonstrates how to play the Limberjack Doll (sort of - he is deaf, so it isn't in great time to the music, but it is still fun!). This is Charlie Alm's original design Limberjack Dancing Doll. He's made them this this way since 1953! May be used as a toy or a precussion instrument. Often used in old-time, Celtic, Irish and various other folk forms of music. Sometimes they are left with the plain wood finish and other times painted, decorated, or even clothed in fabric clothes! Often they have faces drawn, painted or carved on their heads. They are know my many other names: dancing man, dancing Dan, jig doll, etc. You sit on one end of the paddle board, hold the little guy with one hand out near the farthest end of the board, and bounce the board with your other hand -- he dances up a storm!