Noah contacted me a while back and I tried to help him as best I could with email and I think he really did rather well as you will see from the following!!
Mr. Willinger, my name is Noah Longoria awhile back I emailed you asking about mouth gapping on wooden figures. I ended up using the whole cut out jaw piece and carved the tongue into it instead of building a box. I took the advice you all gave on how Frank Marshall filled the gap with business cards but I used thin sheets of basswood. I wanted to make a basswood figure and used the little bit of info in Paul Winchell’s book I laminated a block of wood to the dimensions in Winchell’s book bought two carving knives and went to work on my new project. I ended up with a drunk type figure I really liked and wished I would have taken pictures of. Well I worked past the point of fatigue like I have a tendency to do and ruined the back of the head not knowing at the time it could of been fixed. I abandoned the project bought Brose’s book, Claasen’s book, a Brose kit and enough tools to get by, built the kit learned a few things, ordered another kit, bought more tools, pulled out the original basswood head carved a cyclops face into it, and made something that worked instead of throwing it out. I have seen pics of the inside of some basswood figures now and have a better understanding of how they are made this will make things a lot easier hollowing out a solid block of wood to install mechanics with hand tools is not fun. I’m including pics. Cyclops head in a cage he has moving eye, slot jaw, and flapping ears. Thank you for helping me through email and all the information at Ventriloquist Central.
Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. He created the Ventriloquist Central Collection. It now has over 100 ventriloquist figures and over 50 of them are Frank Marshall figures. Because of his love for the art of ventriloquism, Mr. Willinger created the website Ventriloquist Central. For more information about the website, go to: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
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