A lot of questions come to me about the fact that builders of ventriloquist figures take inordinate amounts of time to build figures for customers and I am not going to disagree with them. I myself having been in the antique business, most notably antique clocks, have always used repairmen to fix and or restore old clocks. That includes both the mechanics and wood workings.
The folks that do this work are craftsmen for sure but as the proceed and develop their skills you can actually say they become artists. When they get to that level, an artist, that is when it takes the longest to get an item done. You see as they become better and better they see more and more of the flaws and they must eliminate them. Now to us lay people we may never see these imperfections that they see but they are there.
A case in point is what I have heard from Ray Guyll and from Steve Hurst who was there at the time. Ray was repainting Danny O’Day for Jimmy Nelson and Steve was working with Ray and when it was done Ray asked Steve what he thought and Steve said it was GREAT!! Ray shook his head and started all over. To Ray it just was not right. Steve said Ray repainted the head over and over and over again before Ray was satisfied.
So when you go to one of the preeminent builders and it takes months and months and maybe even years to get your figure you must remember what I have just said. Now I must confess that it takes much longer in the Ventriloquism World than in any other business that I have ever been involved in for repairs. If you ask me why that is I unfortunately can’t answer you, it just does.
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: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
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