Finishing the Dennis Hall Ventriloquist Figure


We showed you, a while back, a wonderful figure carved by Dennis Hall from a blank wood block made by Ken Spencer (click here to see that blog).

I have now started to do the finish work on this great figure and have attached some pictures for you to see the progress. I am doing him in a Frank Marshall style using paint I had mixed right from an original Frank Marshall painted figure from the mid 1950’s to get that signature Frank Marshall paint.

This one is going to be superb.



Have you seen the Frank Marshall Tribute DVD, click here


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 Finishing the Dennis Hall Ventriloquist Figure

  1. bob isaacson says:

    No question, Dennis Hall is a master wood carver. For being fairly new to carving Vent figures, he’s proved he truly can carve in the manner of Ken Spencer & Frank Marshall. The figure you’ve shown is another wonderful example of Dennis’ work. And Dan, you’ve come a long way in your painting technique. You are now able to paint the figures in the Marshall style that you love. Congratulations to you & certainly Dennis Hall.

  2. Phil McConkey says:

    He’s loooooking gooooood Dan!

  3. James Tarkor says:

    Very nice dummy, I am also making some wooden ventriloquist puppets for my show.

  4. john pizzi says:

    Wow– I cant even paint my house!

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