Ventriloquist Central Videos – Austin Phillips Using Duplicarver

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On yesterday’s blog, showed you pictures of Austin Phillips visit with a duplicarver.

Today I have a video to share with you.



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3 Responses to Ventriloquist Central Videos – Austin Phillips Using Duplicarver

  1. bob isaacson says:

    Hello Austin & Dan. Although Frank had a duplicarver; no one ever saw it. A fact known years later that it existed, due to the “sample heads” that existed ( those were never seen as well). Regardless, Frank would rough out the basswood glued together blocks on his band saw, giving him easier access to the beginning cutting & transferring of the original shape to the copy. Thought you might want to try this method & save much time.

  2. keith says:

    The head given to Brian Hamilton has the same weak chin as the original Charlie. Why would any of those legendary carvers in the Mack shop even bother to carve another head with that exact chin and ears, when they had that obviously never-painted Hamilton head to use to make copies? Dan’s “pre-Charlie Charlie” has a slightly fuller chin than the Smithsonian one, which would have been sanded on the underside a bit, to thin out the width of the chin, making him more benign-looking (funny incongruity because you don’t see him coming). Also, as a result, Charlie’s chin does not bring too much attention to a swiveling caras much as being hypnotized by a flashing black space, the only shadow in the image, which opens up limitless imagination.

  3. keith says:

    Sorry, I meant – Charlie’s actual chin does not call attention to a moving casket so much as a flashing black space; a shadow.

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