Gallery of Unusual Crankie Boxes

From Scotland by Alison Clark, Triple Aspect Puppet Company, 2019.

Sometimes the design of the crankie box is related to the story.  Other examples are just plain brilliant. Thank you to all the artists for sharing your work and providing much inspiration.

Starring the amazing Cine Nic "Sonoro" Projector/gramophone made in Barcelona in the 1940's.
From Ireland, 2021, this crankie stars the amazing Cine Nic "Sonoro" Projector/gramophone made in Barcelona in the 1940's. Crankie art by Peter Cran. Vocals by Cathy Jordan. Visit their website Crankie Island also has Facebook and Instagram pages. Check it out!

Crankie on a Cart

Baltimore, MD - Katherine Fahey put her crankie show on a cart, to perform at Baltimore's LightCity Festival.

The doors of the crankie box are lazer-cut wood, using one of her hand-cut designs. The shape of the doors were inspired by Japanese Kamishiai storytelling boxes.

Crankies in a Tree

The Weeping Tree by Joana Hruby.

Devon, England - The Weeping Tree was created by Joanna Hruby.  The center box is a toy theater and the boxes on each limb are crankies.  Read more at this LINK.

Crankie in a Pumpkin
From Bozeman, Montana, Marla Goodman created this crankie from a real pumpkin., 2019
A Crankie Box Made from a 1921 Studebaker Door
From Winnipeg, Manatoba, this crankie was made by Sheila Grycki and Ken Cade for the 2nd Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival. Made from a rusted out 1921 Studebaker car, they added cranks to the sides of the box for extra crankiness. The festival was Nov. 8th-10th, 2019.

Crankie on a Mule

Photo by Ian Hodgson

West Yorkshire, England - Kit and Caboodle is a story of immigration by Thingumajig Theatre. Created by Kathy and Andrew Kim.  Cranky illustration by Kerith Ogden. .  Song is "Across the Western Ocean". Read more about it here.

Musical Crankie
Baltimore, Maryland - by Matt Muirhead. This crankie plays its own music while being cranked by Matt. Watch to the end to see how it all works.

Multi-scroll Crankie

Puerto Rico - This is Deborah Hunt breathing fire in front of her multi-scroll crankie!

Parallax Crankie

Montreal, Quebec -  Paul Messer, an Industrial Engineer,  has designed a parallax crankie box.  It houses two scrolls, connected by gears, which move at different speeds.    Read the article here and be INSPIRED! 

Dollhouse Crankie

Sue Truman cranking miniature crankies in the attic. McKenzie filming live video projection at the Baltimore Crankie Fest 2016.

Baltimore, Maryland - "The Dollhouse" was created by McKenzie Elizabeth Ditter. Matt Muirhead built a dozen individual rooms that surround McKenzie's childhood dollhouse. Kalimba music written and performed by Matt.   The attic features miniature crankies by me 🙂  and the window scenes are cranked by Laura Kalman. TO WATCH THE VIDEO CLICK HERE.

Cigar Box Crankie

Havanna, Cuba -  Abel Barroso, an Internationally acclaimed artist,  has made a series of art objects with cranks. Click on this LINK to watch a video describing this piece. Read more about his art here.

Foot-powered Crankie

Seattle, Washington -  Charmaine Slaven and Charlie Beck have created a foot-powered crankie so that Charmaine can sing, play guitar and advance the crankie scroll at the same time! 🙂 The pedal was made from gears from a hand drill.   Her foot is strapped to the pedal.

Crankie with a Horn

Cornwall, England -  The group Hope & Anchor are Alex Goodman & Joanna Hope Bricher. The box was created for the story "As the Crow Flies". The box has a barometer on the front.  The crank handle, besides advancing the scroll,  powers a flickering light and a small amp inside the gramophone horn.  Read more about it here.

Watch the video here.

Crankie Marquee for the 5th NW Puppet Center's Crankie Fest, 2019
I used a 1939 Litho Plate Educational Scrolling Blackboard to make a cranking marquee for the 5th NW Puppet Center's Crankie Festival, October, 2019. For more information about scrolling blackboards, go to the "History" section of this website and then click "Blackboards + Scrolls."
House-shaped Crankie
I made this crankie for the FIRST EVER Festival of Miniature Crankies, February 13th, 2021. My husband made the box which is a replica of the barn at the Millersylvanie State Park near Olympia, Washington. My next door neighbor, Doug Plummer wrote and played the music. My son Michael Twomey did the cranking.
Many thanks to the crankie artists giving me permission to post their boxes! I used 100 year old player piano paper for the scroll.

This page created in 2013,  updated 2021. Sue Truman ❤