Frank Marshall Carved Hands

A while back I did a blog about Frank Marshall style hands. If you didn’t see that blog click here.

I today thought you might like to see how Frank Created his carved hands.

I have pictured for you today Franks Hands in three stages of completion. The first is a block roghed out showing the actually size and shape of the hand.




The second is a hand nearing completion.



And the third is this hand completed.



Although the hands are carved you can also see the chuck mark on the end of the hand which shows it clearly was attached to a lath.


So it can be said that he did use some machinery in the production of the hands as well as a the carving tools. He was a master and this last style hand is the one he is most famous for creating.




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:

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One Response to Frank Marshall Carved Hands

  1. Bill Smith says:

    Dan & Steve,

    Thanks so much for posting this! Before you know it, you’ll have a step by step on here on carving a Marshall figure! HA! As a person into carving {actually pocketknife WHITTLING} myself, this is VERY interesting! Just a note, The carving term for the point at which the hand in the first photo is at is called a “blank”. This is the term used for things that have just been cut out on the bandsaw before the actual carving itself begins, & that’s the stage it’s at in the first photo. He probably then put it on the lathe to turn the wrist from square to round before carving the hand. Thanks again for this, as well as ALL your great posts on this great site!!

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