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Improvised Wooden Wheels

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DiameterDate

Wheel Name(inches)CompletedDuring the time ofHouse where installed

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Lupindilayk82004 AugBoromir & FaramirBulwagang Bitoy

Ganobebes-362005 FebMsBraun, Warwik & GandalfGanobebes Apartment

Dagundong2005 May 08Blakdyak, Bebong & BugoyHauntedhaus

Arrowangkada2006 Dec 21ArrowHArrowrurendilaykhaus

Isnowitwit92008 Jul 24SymaKumbento ni Syma

Wigol-wigol102009 Feb 20Wigwam WigglersonBebang Pension Haus

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[Summary table of Exercise wheels]

The improvised houses, wheels and transport carriages presented here were constructed for my hamsters’ use only. I have no intention to suggest a design or plan of construction.

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Lupindilayk

The hammie was Faramir. (Photo taken 08 May 2005)

The first wheel that I ever made derived its name from the Lupindilayk twins, Boromir & Faramir (2nd generation). It is the conspicuous octagonal structure (that “looks like it came from Atlantis” as one flickr friend puts it😉 ) at the center of Bulwagang Bitoy. The wheel is fixed, sturdy and very silent because of the pair of ball bearings where the axle was attached.

Ganobebes-3

Photo: Biggest hamster Berio (The Bullhamster)

This is my first effort to shape a plywood into a circle. Three small identical wheels, one in each room of the Apartment, intended only for young (small) hamsters. Both house and wheels where named after the first pair’s third and last litter.

Dagundong

Photo: Dark browm male hamster Blakdyak

A fixed wheel hastily made and attached on a makeshift house in response to my growing number of hamsters in 2005. The name was derived from the disturbing noise it makes when turning. (Dagundong means “rumble”)

Arrowangkada

Photo: Arrow’s eldest daughter, Mochahontas

A detachable wheel that turns on a forked structure. The whole thing can be hanged via a pair of hooks: that is why the wheel swings forward and backward freely. It was named after the first hammie-user Arrow + arangkada. (Arangkada means “to move forward fast at once”)

Isnowitwit

Photo: Syma, the first user of grandma’s wheel

The latest wheel that I conceived (2008) absorbed most improvement and modification: relatively bigger, sturdier, and silent. The wheel can be found in the modified cage first occupied by a 4th-generation female, Isnowitwit. The wheel was finished and installed shortly after she passed away, but still bears her name.

Syma, the first user of the wheel, was Isnowitwit’s great-granddaughter who inherited the homecage and turned her heirloom into a ‘convent’. Look — she refused to play everytime the houselight is turned on!

Wigol-wigol

Photo: My longest-living hammie, Wigwam Wigglerson

The delay of constructing this wheel spanned some five generation. Started during the time of my hammie Gandalf (2nd generation), it was finished and installed in the last year of Wigwam Wigglerson (5th generation) and the other four: two Boolaboys & two Chochobebes (6th & 7th generations). The springed axle was already fixed as early as 2006 and replacing it was quite difficult. So, although completed seven months after the previous grandma-hammie’s wheel, Wigol-wigol was less sturdier. I coined the term “Wigol-wigol” from the English word “wiggle” — for The Wheel of 2009 is characterized by a side-by-side swaying motion. A small stabilizer wheel was attached on the far side to counteract the motion.

The wheel has a rubber pad. Two more photos of Wigol-wigol in this link → 28 Feb 2009. The post article is written in Tagalog; The basic information about this wheel is mentioned above.

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Published on 3 August 2010 at 7:05 pm  Comments Off on Gulong  
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