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FRIENDS: I hope you enjoyed this website. I would love to hear from you. If you have a question, or if you have a story to tell, leave a comment here. For the benefit of all, I usually respond here. Or, you can send an email to me: stepdancesue at gmail dot com. Find The Crankie Factory on Facebook and You Tube. I post a lot of crankie things on INSTAGRAM SueTruman1015. And by all means MAKE A CRANKIE! Thank you!

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Written by Sue Truman on Mar. 14, 2020
To Linda Boyle: Hello Linda! Thank you for your message. Yes, Richard Twomey is my husband and he made that big box for me. He is working full time and is unable to make for others right now. HOWEVER, my son is considering making them, not sure. If he decides to make a batch, I will contact you right away. Thanks again
Written by Linda Boyle on Mar. 14, 2020
I saw a cranky video and the woman crankiest said that Richard Twomey made her large, very portable cranky. I would like to contact Twomey regarding making one for me. Thanks!
Written by Ximena on Mar. 3, 2020

The Francophone Society of Victoria, BC is organizing their 23rd edition of the French Fest in Victoria BC taking place on the 20 & 21 June 2020 at Market Square (560 Johnson St) between 12 and 5 pm.

We would love to have you perform at our Festival. Please let us know that your availability is, how many artists will be performing and how much will it cost to have you on the program (please specify if the price includes transportation and accommodation). The Festival takes place in Victoria BC, please let us know where you’d be coming from and an estimate of the transportation & accommodation costs.
Bare in mind that if your show is scheduled in the afternoon, it will be possible for groups from Vancouver to do the return trip on the same day so accommodation won’t be needed.

We look forward to hearing from you ASAP, ideally in the next few days

Thanks a lot,

Ximena Londoño
Soutien à la coordination
Written by Sue Truman on Feb. 1, 2020
TO JOYCE CARROLL: I will paste an image from about glue advice.
Written by Sue Truman on Feb. 1, 2020
TO JOYCE CARROLL: Thank you for the nice note! I am glad you are going to make a crankie!!

In terms of gluing, I have always glued to Tyvek and for that I use Aqua glue. It is slow drying so that you can reposition bits, it’s odorless and it remains flexible over the years. It doesn’t mind being wound up in a roll and then unwound. You might try Aqua glue on the paper you are using to see..

Also, visit the website You can enter the paper you are using for the scroll and the material you are gluing to the scroll and it will give you glue recommendations.

Best of luck!
Written by Joyce Carroll on Jan. 26, 2020
Sue, thank you so much for such a wonderful web site. What a great inspiration!
I have wanted to make a Crankie for quite sometime and have nearly all my materials, including an original. I am using paper for my first attempt ( I am sure there will be more to come :) and was wondering what the best glue is for paper to avoid "Puckering"?
Thank you,
Written by Sue Truman on Jan. 5, 2020
TO ALBERTO FAREGNA: My apologies for the delayed reply. I am so happy that you will make a crankie!😀
Written by Sue Truman on Jan. 2, 2020
To Jamie Marshal: Hello! I am sorry, I don’t have more in depth instructions or a video tutorial... my apologies.
Sue Truman
Written by Jamie on Jan. 2, 2020
I have an interest in making a Frankie that I can use in my musical performances...I did live in the PNW- Tacoma area, and now reside in upstate N.H.

I saw the "plans" from Lulu on your site...but they are not very well done...true, they give one an "idea" of construction of a box...but does not go into detail on the attachment of the cranks, or how the mechanisms are constructed.

Wondering if there is an in-depth video? YouTube?

I'm now living in N.H. - by Littleton/white Mtns area.

Anyone here??

Thanks much,!

:) Jamie Marshall
Written by ALBERTO FAREGNA on Dec. 23, 2019
Salve ragazzi, artisti del crankie! Ma che meraviglioso sito e quante iniziative! Ho finalmente trovato il modo di coniugare la musica la storytelling il disegno. Costruirò un crankie e cercherò di illustrarlo.
Written by Sue Truman on Dec. 5, 2019
TO LINDA BOYLE: Hello! I am not aware of any mailing lists. Are you on Facebook? If so, check The Crankie Factory Facebook page, I share all the Crankie Fest info I can on that. Also, there is a Facebook Group page called Crankies in the Puppet World and Beyond. That is a good group to follow to find out about workshops and crankie festivals.

I will be teaching at several Folk Schools in 2020. As soon as the dates are confirmed I will post to the Crankie Factory home page.

Maybe you can come to one of my workshops. One will be in North Carolina and one in Wisconsin.❤️

Written by Linda Boyle on Dec. 2, 2019
Dear Crankists! I am interested in knowing about upcoming crankie/ folk festivals and workshops, especially in the U.S. and Canada. Are there mailing lists I Dan be on? I have missed 2-3 this year, finding out about them after the fact. I would appreciate your help and suggestions. Linda Boyle, Nemo, South Dakota.
Written by Sue Truman on Nov. 19, 2019
TO LAURA KORYNTA: I just remembered something about the Tyvek. It is pricey for a 24” X 150’ roll is $88.00 on Uline. A few years ago three of us went in on a roll to reduce the cost. We each got 50 feet which is usually more than enough for one scroll. Not sure if you know of an artist in you town who would want to go halves or thirds?
Written by Sue Truman on Nov. 19, 2019
TO LAURA KORYNTA: Thank you for the nice note!
Watercolors on Tyvek is tricky anyhow. I use watercolor on Tyvek with a sponge to do background sky, water or land. Trying to paint detail with watercolor would be difficult.

Regular craft paper on an 18” roll is fairly inexpensive. In the 19th century, they sometimes pasted muslin to the back of watercolored paper scrolls so that the scroll would not tear.

I have not tried that but it might be worth a try, muslin if fairly inexpensive....

Let me think about this a bit...

Written by laura korynta on Nov. 18, 2019
Hello Sue,
First of all thank you for such an amazing website! I refer to it often. I too became obsessed with crankies after watching Katherine's work. Right now I'm in the process of making my own crankie and struggling to find affordable paper that I can do painting on. I would like to do watercolor but cannot seem to find a paper that can handle it. Tyvek unfortunetly is too pricey for me. Do you have any recommendations? My crankie display will be 18 inches tall.