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Limberjack Decorating & Dancing with Linda Ray

November 30, 2019 : 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


The Handmade Music School presents limberjack decorating and dancing with Linda Ray on Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 1:00-3:00pm.

The cost is $45 and includes limberjack.

History of the Limberjack

During the 18th and 19th centuries, Americans had many forms of home entertainment. Many of these involved the playing and enjoying of music. Jig dolls, or limberjacks as they are sometimes called, are one form of folk art that came out of this musical tradition. A jig doll is a jointed wooden figure that was attached to a rod and panel, and could be manipulated by the player of an instrument or someone moving the doll to the tune of the music. The history of these dolls goes back hundreds of years, with the first being used by itinerant Italian street performers to animate their shows. Many European countries had their own version of the jig doll. This form was brought to America with settlers and immigrants, and it developed into a distinctive American form. Jig dolls could be carved or turned, and were often painted to reflect a character or stereotypical image. They usually had both jointed arms and legs which flailed either wildly when moved or in a dancing motion, depending on the skill of the handler! Jog dolls can be seen in folk art collections and have been recognized and collected as such.



November 30, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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The Handmade Music School
206 S. Locust St
Floyd, VA 24091 United States
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