Whirly mobiles dance in the wind, their eccentric feather pinwheels radiating handcrafted charm. Quirky and kinetic, the carved whirly elephants, whirly birds and the irresistible whirly pigs are a joy to behold.

Meet the Artists

The whirly mobile animals are carved by rice farmers. After long days in the fields and paddies, the members of the village gather with their families for a meal, a rest, and an evening of animal carving. Using primitive tools and techniques, hundreds of identical wood animals are produced. The proceeds from their work provides supplemental income and a way to make a living wage between harvests.

 Tommy coordinates the assembly, natural wax patina, and duck feather propellers that complete each Whirly mobile. He brings pride, precision and craftsmanship to every finished whirly.

Tommy coordinates the assembly, natural wax patina, and duck feather propellers that complete each Whirly mobile. He brings pride, precision and craftsmanship to every finished whirly.

 Smiling Carvers

Smiling Carvers

 Tools of the trade.

Tools of the trade.

 Finished and bagged.

Finished and bagged.

The Making of the Whirly

Crafting a whirly bird.