Hello! I am a fiddler, guitarist, stepdancer and crankie artist living in Seattle, Washington. What exactly is a crankie? It's a panoramic scene,
rolled up inside a box, then hand-cranked so that it scrolls across a viewing screen. If you haven't seen one before, then a picture (or video) is worth a thousand words. You will find hours of viewing on this site.
The term crankie, is being used now to name this very old art form. In the mid 19th Century, they were called moving panoramas (among other
things). This scrolling, picture art form is experiencing a bit of a comeback. I am very excited to be a part of it. This website attempts to connect the old (moving panoramas of the
19th Century) with the new (crankies being made now by artists in the US and beyond).
To watch new crankies: click on the "Watch a Crankie" page to see some of the ones I have made. Click on "On-line Crankie Fest!"
to watch ones made by other artists across the country.
To watch moving panoramas that were made in the 19th Century, click on the "History" page. There are videos of large and small panoramas that have been filmed by museums, historical societies and private collectors. Click
on "Moving Panoramas, Lg" and "Moving Panoramas,Sm" subpages to watch those. Heartfelt thanks and gratitude to those individuals working to restore and preserve this forgotten piece
of our history.
I hope you enjoy looking around this
site, AND, above all, I encourage you to make a crankie. There is no right or wrong here, you just do it and enjoy the process.
Created Sept. 3rd, 2012