Sunday, March 29, 2009
What is it?
"It" is woodworking.
Oh, I can drill a hole or two in a headstick without too much fuss or error. But drilling multiple holes in a row, routing the wood along the line of holes to make a channel, and drilling precise axle holes makes me crazy. I sweat. I cuss. I cuss some more. (Take a breath, Kenny).
What's to be done? I'm thinking of switching to PVC pipe and developing controls that can be mounted on the outside with simple holes drilled in the right places. No routing. No excessive debris. (Less cussing). I've seen a few ideas from the Lovik figure I bought and refurbished. I've also noticed other methods with brass rods and tubes mounted on the exterior of a headstick.
Anyone with some tips and tricks for setting up such mechanisms would be appreciated. Meanwhile I'll be experimenting.
(Yeah, there will probably be some cussing there, too.)
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Now, my ear isn't perfect. But it's quite usable. In fact, I actually prefer less realistic ears on figures since I like the cartoonish or caricature figures best.
Now, the question is, can I do the other ear?
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I don't have a jig for drilling eyeballs. I'm not a great woodworker, so I've had to make do. Usually I get close enough. Nevertheless, I'm always trying to improve my precision. I use wood knobs that already have a starter hole on the flat side. It's pretty easy to drill that hole accurately the rest of the way through on a drill press. The harder part is drilling a precisely-centered hole on the side where the self-centering springs go. Measuring a rounded edge is really difficult.
Here's what I figured out. If I place two wood knobs flat-side down and touch the two together, the part touching is exactly half-way down. So I took a small piece of paper and drew in a small field of black on both sides of the paper using a Sharpie. Then before the ink dried, I slipped the paper between the two wood knobs flat-side-down and pressed the two together. The wet Sharpie ink made a mark on both knobs exactly in the middle where the two knobs touched.
Now I have my mark to drill the holes for the springs.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
That's where I'm at today.
(I will start. I will start. I will start.)
Saturday, March 14, 2009
In an earlier photo, Mr. Winkle looked substantially more evil. The wig and thick eyebrows tone down his malevolence to a degree. Now I think he just looks grouchy, which was my intent. His pessimistic charm will be available to the highest bidder beginning tomorrow night on Ebay.
The best deals for dummy clothes are at the local thrift stores. I get really happy when I find two or three nice pairs of size 3 or 4 shoes. I love scoring 2T overalls. And I especially like finding 2T white dress shirts and vests. I also buy clothes on Ebay, but they tend to be more expensive. Since I'm a senior citizen, I always get deep discounts at Goodwill, so that's my favorite source for dummy clothing.
My wife likes to tell our friends how excited I get when I find particularly cute clothes. I'm sure they all think I'm a little weird, but ventriloquists have been putting up with that for eons. I don't think I'm weird.
Monday, March 09, 2009
I think Facebook must be an extension of the game kids play. Lots of kids had invisible imaginary friends. We ventriloquists took the game just a little bit farther. When Facebook folk find their way here, they'll get a gander at the photos of my imaginary friends. When I say I make friends, I really make friends!
Now I have a Facebook profile. (I'll be darned if I know what to do with it.)
Sunday, March 08, 2009
All the links are on the left side of my blog. Have a great day!
Saturday, March 07, 2009
"I'll see you next week, right?", he said to me last time.
"You bet", I replied.
Well that was two weeks ago.
Guess what I'm doing today.
Monday, March 02, 2009
Either way, he'll be there sooner than later.