Austin Phillips Visits Ventriloquist Central


Austin Phillips is an up and coming vent figure builder and is doing it the old fashioned way with hammer and chisel. Today, when he came to see me, he asked if we could use the duplicarver machine so I of course said yes.

Here are a few pictures.




Ventriloquist Central is the brainchild of Dan Willinger and Steve Hurst. Dan 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. Steve is a ventriloquist as well as builder of ventriloquist figures. He also has a background in sales, marketing, building websites and computers. Because they both love the art of ventriloquism, the website Ventriloquist Central was born. For more information about the website, go to:

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4 Responses to Austin Phillips Visits Ventriloquist Central

  1. Bill Matthews says:

    Cool, do we get to see the head when it comes off the dupli-carver? I’m sure many of us have never seen one in action, or what an item looks like right off the machine.

  2. bob isaacson says:

    Hey Dan & Austin…great to show the duplicarver to folks. Not many chances to see one in action used for carving a Vent head. Austin is a very talented young man & he will certainly use the duplicarver to make a wonderful character head. Hope you can continue this story & story the progression of the carving. I’m sure all will be interested. Why heck, even you Dan , might learn something, I know I will .HA HA. thanks much !

  3. Les says:

    I think I noticed 3 things missing. There should be 2 small tables with 4 holes one in each corner which are plastic lined. The small tables pivot on the big table upon which the block of wood is attached on one and on the other the master. The 2 small tables are connected by a piece of metal which has two pins in the bar of metal which allows the head master and block of wood to stay in sync with each other and allow one to copy all sides of the master. The bar with the 2 pins are placed in the appropriate holes in the 2 small tables on the large platform. I could provide pictures if you need.

  4. P. Grecian says:

    Wow, I’ve never even SEEN a duplicarver, only read about them. This should be a whole series of moving footage posts so we can see how one works and how long it takes. Excellent! Thanks, Dan!

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