This was the first project I finished as an Artist In Residence at Instructables
last July. The start of a fabulous time!
This Instructable describes how to make this ancient toy with a modern laser cutting.
For those among you asking: “what is a hooey stick”, I refer to this excellent Wikipedia article
. You might know this toy who’s origins are lost in time under another name like Gee-haw whammy diddle, Ouija Windmill or a VooDoo Stick.
Rubbing the ridges with a pen or similar round object makes the “propeller” spin. Just a little practise suffices to make it work. Controlling the direction it spins is in the way you hold the hooey stick and is a somewhat more tricky.
Here is a short video of my youngest daughter Imme making it spin:
I dedicate this Instructable to J, for setting us AIR’s up quickly to do some laser cutting and always being ready to.