Any visitor to Georgia knows we have a strong folk art tradition, and one of the favorite pastimes of the accomplished rural craftsman was the whirligig. This one was attributed to a North Georgia artist named R.A. Miller, Rabbit Town, Georgia. Whether he actually did this piece is anyone's guess since I acquired it in a Roswell junk shop about 10 years ago. A newspaper article on Miller was attached with the seller's claim that the piece had been bought from Miller. Miller's yard was filled with the whirligigs he made and the yard was featured in an R.E.M. video years ago.
The whirligig depicts a Dutch girl churning butter, painted in red and white, and powered by the wind which catches the little arms of the windmill and causes her to churn her butter. The paint is peeling, and the details are crudely drawn, but that is part of the charm. This piece dates to the 1980s and is approx. 20" long, 22" high, and 22" deep. It is mounted on a circular base that can be placed almost anywhere--tree stump, mailbox, post, etc.