I don't have a huge can of buttons at my disposal, so I headed out into the garage and found a piece of seasoned maple.
I grabbed my froe and split it in half, right through the pith along an existing crack in the end of the log. I split one half into quarters and found a piece that I thought I could make into a board.
I put it on my shave horse and trimmed one of the quarters into a small board. Yes, I know that my draw knife needs to be touched up a bit, please don't remind me. I seriously need to go over every one of my tools and get them back into shape.
I used a saw to cut off a piece of the board and thinned it up a bit with my carving knife. I could have made it thinner I think. I might even go back out and trim it up some more, but at the time I just wanted to play with my new toy.
I sharpened both ends of the block and drilled two holes near the center. Again, I need to adjust the spacing on the holes, they aren't quite at the center.
Obviously I need to do some tuning, but I was really happy. I think it took me 45 minutes to make this toy. I came in the house, grabbed some yarn, doubled it and then passed the ends through the holes in the whizzer. I tied the ends together with a simple overhand knot and I was off and running. It makes a great buzzing sound, like a miniature bull roarer. You can vary the pitch by increasing or decreasing the speed. I'm going to do some work on it and see if I can get a louder sound out of it. In the mean time, I am having fun just playing with it.
Oh, that pipe in the background? Yeah. It's a piece of schedule 40 1 inch PVC pipe. I'm making a bow. You know, because I need more projects! Thanks Kepis, you reminded me of something that I haven't thought of in over 30 years. You also gave me a fun little project to do. Happy carving everyone, go out and make something with your hands!