Summer Season Prep

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Summer Season Prep

Postby Richard Coombs » 10 Jul 2017, 22:40

Wishing Good Luck to anyone currently doing repairs or refurbishments in preparation for a Summer Season.

I know Mark Poulton got his wooden beach booth bolted together at Weymouth last week.
Joe Burns is building himself a brand new wooden booth for use at (Swanage?) beach this summer.

- if you are watching the board here Joe , and have time , then some progress pictures would be fantastic !

My Heights of Abraham wooden booth is still up in my Garden

Damien Wiess the French puppeteer visited me for a few days after the Mayfaye and we spent a day getting it out of its storage shed and putting it up together.
This was a good few weeks earlier than I would normally build the show in the garden.
But Damien had wanted to see the booth and try it out ...and I was not going to turn down an extra set of hands.

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The footprint of the booth always looks so small at this stage
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Up in less than a day with two of us.
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Damiens new Punch looks good in my booth !
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Re: Summer Season Prep

Postby Richard Coombs » 10 Jul 2017, 23:00

I had two main jobs to do on the booth before the summer season.
One was to make it possible for me to bring my new house-cat 'Bugsy' with me this summer.
And the other was to upgrade my 'Rain or Shine there will be Shows Today' sign.

Bugsy has got an outdoor area with a hidden litter tray , and an indoor sleeping and eating area.

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The old version of the sign- with the plain wood new part already taking shape;
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And the new 3D version which still needs some words signwritten on it.
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Re: Summer Season Prep

Postby Miraiker » 11 Jul 2017, 07:03

This is a great set of photos Richard, thank you. Its always fun to see your latest extensions. I hope you and the cat have a great summer.
Who'd want a proper job?
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Re: Summer Season Prep

Postby Chris » 12 Jul 2017, 11:30

Yes, very impressive photos Richard.

All I have to report is a new poster for my A Board!
It isn't built to accomodate a cat and hasn't even got the times of shows.

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Re: Summer Season Prep

Postby Richard Coombs » 12 Jul 2017, 23:15

Its very nice never the less.

Joe has posted some pics elsewhere of his beach booth going up .... I will try and get him to duplicate them here ...they are rather fun.
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Re: Summer Season Prep

Postby Richard Coombs » 19 Jul 2017, 04:34

A few set up pics of my Heights of Abraham Booth

My van load of parts is unloaded at the base station and becomes three Range Rover trips up a rather perilous staff service road.
Im glad the chief groundsman does the driving , as it is a VERY steep incline - hairpin turns - where turns are possible- and over half of it has to driven in reverse .

Going backwards up a steep hill is not my idea of fun.


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After three trips worthy of a Theme Park Ride ...all this lot is top side.

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Ready to start building.

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All houses start with a good foundation !

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Going well ..weather is hot - but not as stifling and oppressive as this day last year -(2016) .. progress then was much slower.

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End of first day

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Re: Summer Season Prep

Postby Richard Coombs » 19 Jul 2017, 04:51

Day two

I arrive with another van load . Its the small van today.
This means just two Range Rover 'white knuckle rides'.

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Routine maintenance on the cable cars.
The cars run briefly at 8am to shuttle all the Staff to the summit.
Then the mechanics have a two hour window to do scheduled jobs .
The cars then run continuously all day for the public from 10am.

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Todays bits of the 3D Jigsaw Puzzle

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Again nice weather , and fast progress

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Re: Summer Season Prep

Postby Richard Coombs » 20 Jul 2017, 08:41

Day Three:

Mark Poulton told me that when putting his beach Booth together , it is a day to put the Structure together , and then another day to fit out all the bits inside that actually make the show work.

In other words all the bits that turn what is basically a wooden shed - into a puppet theatre .

Same here. And today is the dat for all those internal gubbins and gizmos:
Heres the bits spread out waiting for the Land Rover to arrive.
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Sad the sun had gone at the end of the day ...but again pleased with results.


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Re: Summer Season Prep

Postby Chris » 20 Jul 2017, 12:48

You obviously love a challenge Richard. It's a good job you have a head for Heights.
I think I'll stick with my Eric Sharp "up in thirty seconds" indoor booth and my George Blake lazy tongs for outdoors. Mind you the latter is a pain sometimes, taking up to half an hour to erect.
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Re: Summer Season Prep

Postby Richard Coombs » 20 Jul 2017, 13:25

Couldn't agree more.
Having put a sloping thin ply roof on my 'regular' single day booth ...it now goes up much quicker than it used to , and the time saved is a boon every time.

The wooden booth is a pain to put up ( less so if you enjoy jigsaw puzzles : which I do )
But its a Joy for the next six weeks , when every morning its just a matter of unlocking the door and putting on 3 proscenium parts....nice and easy does it !

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Re: Summer Season Prep

Postby Chris » 20 Jul 2017, 16:55

My Jigsaw Puzzle skills are tested annually too. I do have a garden shed type booth which I use each Easter when I have a 4 day residency for a show on hard standing. Thus this heavy booth, waterproof, lockable and reasonably wind resistent, is required. But the puzzle isn't how to put it up but how to get in in my car along with my magic, an Eric Sharp booth in case I have to go indoors if weather very bad, amplifier etc and of course my personal case. I don't like to block the rear window since I don't like driving on wing mirrors alone, and I don't fancy being decapitated if the topmost cases should slide forward in a crash or heavy braking. I always manage it, but after several hours of trial and error the day before. On the second year I take photographs of how I successfully packed it all in. Then I lose the photographs. The next year I find them, only to realise that I've changed the car and the dimensions have changed just sufficiently to necessitate another session of measuring and juggling.
At least I don't have to worry about sliding down a mountain, or reversing off a cliff edge.
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