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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 Jun. 17, 2020
To Vivienne Byrne: nicely done! That was a huge project! I shared your “How to Make a Shoebox Crankie” on Facebook. I am working on the website this week and I should be able to find a space for it.

Thank you for sending and take good care.
Written by Vivienne Byrne on Jun. 15, 2020
Hi there, thank you so much for inspiring How to make a shoebox crankie, a demo video to help children and adults to make a shoebox crankie. I'm wondering if I could add it to your crankie archive. It was made very recently (in the last month) for Crinniu na nOg, a children's festival here in Ireland. It would be great to add it to your collection if you see fit. Thanks so much.
Written by Sue Truman on May. 7, 2020
Hi Dan! Do you mean the Historiscope made by the Milton Bradley Company in the 1860s? If so, I do not know of any for sale.

When I first learned of moving panoramas, that was almost 10 years ago, one could purchase for under 500.00. But now, all of those toy moving panoramas go for over a thousand dollars.
Written by Dan on May. 7, 2020
I need a little help; I am trying to buy an historiscope; do you know who could sell it?
Many thanks
Written by Sue Truman on Apr. 20, 2020
Thank you for asking. I am sorry, we are not making crankie boxes right now. If things change in our household (in terms of job loss/early retirement) we might start making them. If so, I will email and let you know.

One never knows in the current climate... thanks again and take good care.
Written by Kathleen Doyle on Apr. 19, 2020
Hello Sue!
Do you make wooden crankies for purchase?
If so, I would like to purchase one!
Written by Sue Truman on Apr. 19, 2020

Well, lucky you to take a workshop from Ines Bass. I got to meet here briefly when she and Eric were passing through Seattle.

Thank you for sending the YouTube link to your crankie. I look forward to watching it!

Take good care, Sue
Written by Ralph Hurwitz on Apr. 19, 2020
Here's a link to the first crankie I made:
Written by Ralph Hurwitz on Apr. 19, 2020
Hello-- I saw my first crankies @ Bread & Puppet many years ago, and took a 6 day crankie workshop with Ines Bass of Sandglass Theater in Putney, VT @ a Ko Festival of Performance workshop in 2017.
Written by Jack Magee on Mar. 23, 2020
i bought one or the machines.... where can i get the paper?!!! whew, its alluding me
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!