A whimmy diddle is an Appalachian mountain toy made from two sticks of wood. Notches are carved into one stick and a propeller is attached to the end. The other stick is rubbed against the notches, causing the propeller to spin either gee (to the right) or haw (to the left).
The trick is to make it spin in both directions! The Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC is the home of the World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition--the winner takes home a tasty Moon Pie!
This traditional mountain toy continues to amuse and amaze children and grownups alike.
Handcrafted by the Appalachian Folk Toy Company here in western North Carolina.