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All Cord or All Rod Mechanics?

Sometimes beginning figure makers get all hung up on thinking they have to do all rod control mechanics. They see some of the figure makers out there that do this style of mechanics and get it in their head that it is the only way to go, or the best way to go. They think

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Cast Ventriloquist Dummy Parts…..

In December of 2012 we had to temporarily halt production of our high quality cast dummy parts. We needed some time to catch up a bit here with our finished figure orders. Since that time we of course have had numerous people contacting us to see when they would be available again. We’ve made some

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Bad news, good news. . .

I had written on Facebook, but I had not written here yet. My wife of 39 years (Cathy) tried to check out early on me last week. She had been in the hospital since a week ago Monday. We were told on Friday that if we had not gotten her in when we did, she

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Winkin’, Blinkin’ and ‘Sparky’!

Sorry to have been so quiet here. It’s surely been interesting and challenging. Both my wife Cathy and I are doing some better now, and are making progress in getting caught up. Thanks to all who have shown their concern! When our character ‘Sparky‘ first came out, he was not available with winkers, blinkers, nor

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Clinton Detweiler – Cherished Friend, Colleague and Mentor

Clinton Detweiler Pretty much everybody is aware of the passing of ventriloquist icon Clinton Detweiler. I just wanted to share a few of my thoughts about this kind man. To me, beyond the icon status that he so greatly deserved, Clinton was a fine friend, a trusted colleague, and a mentor. Looking back……… I became

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Humpty Dumpty…… Wifey?!?

She’s a good egg. She really is! But she has also taken a great fall. I hope they can put her back together again! Seriously, my wife Cathy, is a bit broken at the moment. A freak accident for sure. She was going out of the workshop last week, tripped, and while doing that little

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Humpty Dumpty Dummy!

Top notch flight instructor, Larry Baily of Arizona, had us build a nice figure for him back in 2008, and named him ‘Max Mach’. He dressed him in a pilot’s uniform and the character that he developed for him was that of a retired airline pilot. Pretty cool. Here’s a nice pic of Max and

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A special story goes with this figure…

A special story about a very special young man When I make figures for various customers, I don’t always know what will happen with the figure I’m sending out, if it will be used for performance, for fun, or in some special situations……., a noble purpose. As this particular Sparky was on my workbench, staring

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Just a quick puppet painting tip….

By far the majority of people who order professional ventriloquist figures from us, order the darker hair colors such as brown or auburn. Matching the eyebrows on with either of those hair colors is fairly straightforward to do. But what about blond hair or gray hair? A little trickier typically. Here’s a blonde little boy

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Another figure goes down under…..

I am always amazed at how many far away places we send figures to (somewhere between 40-45 different countries over the many years we’ve been doing this). We get to know people from all over the globe. Australia has quite a few of our figures now (and kits too!). We got a nice note and

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