Frisch Marionette Tutorial: Making Puppet Heads with MendALL Wood Filler

We saw this video on Facebook and had to share it with everyone. We contacted Kevin and he said we had his permission to do just that.

In this video Kevin shows you how to make a puppet (or dummy) head using the MendAll Wood filler. His first part of the process is very similar to the way the McElroy’s made their heads.

Here’s more about Kevin from his website:

The Frisch Marionette Company began as all good things do, with a thought, a dream and a committed passion to making that dream real. We could say that the ?beginning of the Frisch Marionette Company goes all the way back to a childhood puppet show whose impression through the arts that Kevin Frisch rediscovered the beauty, the challenge and satifaction of puppetry.

By 1986 Kevin had moved to New York City and joined Nicolas Coppola and The Puppetworks, Kevin developed his own art, craft and skills as a puppeteer and artist. the next nine years were spent touring the New York Metropolitan area as well as performing in The Puppetworks permanent theaters in Brooklyn and Macy’s Herald Square.

In 1995 Kevin had moved back to Cincinnati to begin what is today The Frisch Marionette Company. Working with a talented team of puppeteers and artists, Kevin has established The Frisch Marionettes as an exceptional entertainment and educational experience for children and adults alike.

Working primarily with marionettes, The Frisch Marionette Company performs in the traditional styles of 19th Century Eropean Puppetry. Drawing inspirition from the great European troupes such as the Salzburg Marionette Theatre, we endeavor to bring one of the great old world arts to you, contemporary imaginations.

Every aspect of a Frisch Marionette productions is designed, handcrafted, created and recorded in our own workshops. Each and every puppet is hand carved, every costume is sewn and custom tailored for each character. We take great pride in our craft, but we’re even more proud of the excited faces of the children we perform for.

Be sure to check out his YouTube channel and you can follow him on Facebook.

Thanks, Kevin for allowing us to share your video.


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2 Responses to Frisch Marionette Tutorial: Making Puppet Heads with MendALL Wood Filler

  1. bob isaacson says:

    Thanks to Kevin & Dan for posting this great video of using “Mendall Wood Filler” for making puppet heads. It would appear that this product is very similar to the “OLD” plastic wood from long ago that the McElroys used for their Vent figure heads. I too, used the old Plastic Wood to make some of my figures. Anyone interested in making some “molded heads for figures” should find this video most helpful.

  2. John Morgan says:

    Thank you for posting this. I use to use this plastic wood when helping to make marionettes for the USF puppet program. I have been thinking of trying this method again once you shared the mend all product. Thank you again

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