"For a turnbuckle in neoprene joint I would think it'd be easy to glue a dowel or wood block into the hollow in the top of the leg and then cut the slot as usual OR use a wooden insert in the top of the leg instead. It'll all be…"
"Excellent work David. If you want to save on plaster, make circular boxes out of foam core. Hold your head face up on the corner of a large sheet of foam core and trace a circle around the head about 1.5" out all the way around. Measure the…"
To string cast you need to get some nice, strong THIN string. I use puppet string which is actually 16 lb test dacron trolling line (available at cortland line company www.cortlandline.com) a few bobby pins, a short nail and plaster. I use…"
I am a professional puppeteer that specializes in wooden marionettes. We design and build everything that we use!
What First Got Me Interested in Puppetry
I really had no choice. My father is an internationally famous puppeteer who was constantly building and performing. I used to bug him in the shop until he gave me a piece of sandpaper and taught me how to use it. I've been hooked ever since!
My Puppetry (or Puppet) Hero
Bil Baird is my hero because he was the man who really brought puppets into the mainstream back in the fifties. He did everything: Broadway shows, Television, National and International Touring, Industrials, Commercials, etc. Oh yeah, and my Dad Who taught me everything I know about marionettes.
If I Were a Puppet, I'd Be...
I would never be a puppet because then I'd be a tool in someone else's hands. Puppets are inanimate objects brought to life by talented hands. I prefer to be the hands!
More About Me:
I love the art form, but I also love other things. My family, Cooking, Making Music, Riding a Motorcycle, Camping, Travel, Hanging out with friends. Enjoying Life!
I'm the managing Director for a company called The National Marionette Theatre. We specialize in producing and performing traditional-style Marionette Theater. The company is known around the world as one of the finest with an emphasis on design and manipulation. You have to make the figures think in order for them to be alive!
Puppeteers of America
Center for Puppetry Arts
Bil Baird Marionettes
Hey Dave ,
Thanks for all the great pictures. Your family's work is absolutly classic. We are getting lots of string people here on Puppet Hub. Maybe we will influence some of these younger folks to try their hand at strings.
Absolutely beautiful puppets David, some of the best I've ever seen, really love your craftmanship. Thank you for posting the pictures of the puppets before they are finished so I can see all the joints, that's really helpful to me. Something to aspire too!
First time I've seen 'motorcycles' mentioned, thats a great combination! I have a full motorcycle licence myself but no bike :( Maybe your next marionette should be a biker?
Stunning new pics David, absolutely love the scenery too!
Actually we try to get over to New England at least once as year as we have friends in Connecticut (who have a summer home in New Hampshire), we actually got engaged near Meridith so thanks for the offer, you might end up with a fellow puppetmaker on your doorstep at some point in the future! We'd love to move over permanently but will have to wait until the little one is a bit older :)
Does it get any better ? (no I didn't think so :) He's a little angel really though. I'm training up to be the best puppet maker in the world, going to start him young :P
I wonder if I can learn to sculpt puppet heads one handed... hmmm
Thanks for the friend request. I too found it suprising we haven't done it already. After looking back I guess I just forgot, sorry for the oversight. By the way love the latest photos you put on the "hub", thanks for sharing them. Also please let us know if you ever do a show out in the Albany NY area would love to catch a performance.