The gnome is a popular garden motif with historical folklore credentials that date back to ancient times. The current figure we associate with the garden gnome derives from ancient Norse and Germanic culture. Originally, he was not the affable, benevolent, cheery character we see immortalised in countless garden store displays but a malevolent and mischievous being that you crossed at your peril. The example here is an industrious little figure that stands on top of his whirligig frame busily chopping timber to warm his mythical subterranean home. He is operated by a single crank and connecting rod that causes the upper torso and arms to oscillate to mimic the chopping action. Shipping costs will depend on your location. Please contact us for a quote before purchasing the toy. Thank you.