CRANKIES: Storytelling Machines!


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Date: September 11, 12 & 13

9 am – 4 pm daily

Skill Level:  All skill levels welcome

Class Registration Fee:  Early bird – by August 21, 2020: $240.00

After August 21, 2020: $265.00

What is a crankie? It’s a long, hand illustrated scroll that is wound onto two spools. The spools are loaded onto a box with a viewing window. As the scroll is cranked, it reveals one scene at a time as a song is sung or the story is told. In the 19th century, they were called moving panoramas. Make and take home your own crankie!

Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class):  $75.00. Student will receive a wooden crankie box and 25 feet of Tyvek “paper”  

Students should come prepared with a short, simple story to illustrate. For example, it can be a song, a folktale, a poem, or a piece of family history. Sue will bring the wooden crankie boxes and special paper (Tyvek) for the scroll. Students bring art supplies of their choice: Sharpies, watercolors or other paints, pen and ink or collage materials with glue.

From Seattle, Sue Truman first discovered crankies in 2011 and it has been her passion ever since. She created the website which is the “go to” place for all things crankie. It includes videos from crankie artists around the world, “how to” information and 25 pages of moving panorama history used by schools and universities. She has performed, presented and led workshops in the U.S., Canada, and abroad. A noted musician as well, her old time fiddling can be heard on the Young Fogie’s Volume II recording on Rounder Records.


Registration includes your lunches, and one free admission to Saturday night’s Healthy Hoedown.