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Froggie the limberjack dancing to Do Mr. Boker Do, on banjo

This is Froggie the limberjack (also known as a jig doll). Froggie used to be plain unfinished wood, but I painted him to give him more personality. I imagine he is now fit to go courtin' Miss Mousie. Children love how Froggie's googly eyes spin round and round!
Here I make him dance to an old minstrel song that I'm playing on my banjo, called Do Mr. Boker Do. I speeded the recording up a little to make it more a lively dance tempo (I can't play it quite this fast yet, sorry!) I got the song from Phil Rice's banjo tutor book of 1858, playing it here as an instrumental. There are few things in music more fun than a dancing limber jack!

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Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on October 20, 2012 at 3:43pm
Has a personality for sure. That is so neat.
Comment by Jeff on October 20, 2012 at 7:49pm
Love the Frog... Strumelia... Them eye are a hoot!
Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on October 20, 2012 at 7:59pm

I want one! Hook me up!

Comment by Ed Womack on October 23, 2012 at 7:03pm

Incredible! I believe you have cornered the dancing frog market!! Did you construct Froggie yourself?

Comment by Strumelia on October 23, 2012 at 7:52pm

Ed, no, I bought him made already, but he was all plain unfinished wood.  I painted him.   I have quite a few limberjacks of all kinds, and I play them often.   :)

Comment by Valerie Diaz Leroy on March 24, 2013 at 7:38am

Oh, my students would love this! Something else I will have to become proficient in. I'm going to have to order a limberjack!

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