I had the idea of using using bike rims for the wheel - they worked out great. I used a hand drill for the turning mechanism and wrapped a bungy chord around the wheel.
The carvings and basket sets are all carved from wood.
This blog shows the folkart I make, my reproduction furniture and other projects. My studio/shop is in my backyard. It's a couple of miles off the main road in West Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada. When you come to visit make sure you see – the "Olde Times" Garden House Museum; Grandma's Attic; the Furniture Box; Grampa's Loft (antiques, old doors, etc. in my Dad’s old barn loft); and my World's Largest Egg Beater, certified by Guinness World Records.