Horsing Around at the start of the Year

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Horsing Around at the start of the Year

Postby Richard Coombs » 08 Jan 2012, 14:08

Happy New Year to All - 2012 Mr Punch's 350th year.
For a Birthday present this year he will get a new horse ...not that this one will treat him any better Im sure.
Doubtless this one will pass wind in his face , kick him and throw him ..I certainly hope so.


Here is my current Horse:
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There is nothing wrong with him , he is still in fine condition , and doesn't need 'retiring' for some years yet.
He was not the next on my list of puppets to make.

But seeing some highly suitable wool and fabric and trim , in a new craft shop near my Parents at Christmas changed all that .
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Re: Horsing Around at the start of the Year

Postby Richard Coombs » 08 Jan 2012, 14:21

Working on the possibly misguided assumption that some of this is of interest to anyone other than me, I will update pics as I build new Hector .
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Personally I can't get enough of seeing other folks puppets as 'work in progress' - so thanks to Allessandro , Miraker, Chris S and Cvdc , Mark Poulton and Les Clarke for all their recent workshop sneak-peeks.

I made a good start yesterday , off to do some more ...its a bit chilly in my woodwork shed , but Im having too much fun to stop now.

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Re: Horsing Around at the start of the Year

Postby Chris T » 08 Jan 2012, 17:16

Looks great Richard, wish I had a talent in this field!
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Re: Horsing Around at the start of the Year

Postby Richard Coombs » 08 Jan 2012, 20:42

Enough for one day ( I remember from building the first one how much of a fiddle it was , so its not a job to finish in a couple days )

Tail Raiser :
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Bits and Pieces :

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End of Day 2 :


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Re: Horsing Around at the start of the Year

Postby Benjie » 09 Jan 2012, 17:09

Looking good, very interesting.
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Re: Horsing Around at the start of the Year

Postby Miraiker » 09 Jan 2012, 18:38

Thanks for this post, Richard. Very clever and inspiring.
Brilliant step by step photos.

I am working on a few different things at present and currently have some wierd orders in (you know who you are).
Perhaps I'll get the camera out.
Who'd want a proper job?
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Re: Horsing Around at the start of the Year

Postby Richard Coombs » 10 Jan 2012, 14:23

Cheers Benjie ...ooh yes please Miraker , get your camera out :-)


Image Slow going yesterday - refined the route for the head string ..hopefully as well as independently braying the head by pulling it , I am hoping that when the horse bucks/kicks the head will raise on its own- seems Ok but won't know fully until its al assembled.


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Re: Horsing Around at the start of the Year

Postby Chris » 10 Jan 2012, 15:27

ooh yes please Miraker , get your camera out :-)

Careful Richard, there may be children about. The last picture I had from Miraiker featured a blindfold and Peter's Dickie!
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Re: Horsing Around at the start of the Year

Postby Miraiker » 10 Jan 2012, 17:06

Hmmm, is there no privacy left?
But I'd never send a picture of a thong being modelled, Chris. I know where to draw the line.

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Re: Horsing Around at the start of the Year

Postby Richard Coombs » 10 Jan 2012, 19:15

Nothing wrong with those photos Im sure ( Im very partial to a Bow Tie myself )

Been looking through other postings , and spotted again this from CvdC :
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And I found myself thinking who on earth could work in a place that messy ?

...errr then I had a good hard look at my woodwork shed ..errr :

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...actually having seen them cheek by jowl , perhaps mine is not so bad - but a tidied up view will follow later in the week.


Sp nice to get Hector joined up today ( notice that having got him internally strung , Ive popped big washers on the end of the strings to stop them accidentally pulling back through until I get the control handle fixed on )


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Once the glue had dried , it was very satisfying to bandsaw right through all the layers to roughly cut out the saddle area...Im looking forward to carving the details into that tomorrow - always nice to get to the end of a day in workshop at a point where you are excited to get up and get back to it next day.
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Re: Horsing Around at the start of the Year

Postby Richard Coombs » 10 Jan 2012, 19:39

The rest of today was spent working on my "Young Albert" .. ( and you will be showing your age if you can decipher that gibberish ) :

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.... yes its my " Stick wi' the Horses Head Handle " as Stanley Holloway would have said.

Or more accurately the business end of the hand control.
When I made the first horse , I did this part totally in plywood ; needless to say , it eventually snapped at the crucial pivot point where the whole weight of the horse joins the stick.
So an emergency repair was needed , slicing the control open . and chiselling out a channel to insert a metal pivot. -- This time I made it strong first time .
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Re: Horsing Around at the start of the Year

Postby Chris » 11 Jan 2012, 00:24

Miraiker, I seem to recall that the chick in the thong was "by request"?
But don't worry, I don't think Richard is easily shocked. I mean, anyone who is partial to a bow tie(?) on his dickie must be pretty broad-minded. I wonder if that's with or without the blindfold?
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Re: Horsing Around at the start of the Year

Postby paulwheeler » 11 Jan 2012, 13:06

Hi Richard,
do like your new horse.. hope you are keeping well.
Love being a Punch & Judy man!
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Re: Horsing Around at the start of the Year

Postby Richard Coombs » 11 Jan 2012, 16:59

Cheers Paul , yes thank you , Im terribly well : hope you are too.

Had a few plumbing bits and bobs to sort of the house , so havnt done anything to the horse today.

Its good to have a break from it , I am at a good point with it , so carrying on tomorrow will be fun.
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Re: Horsing Around at the start of the Year

Postby Richard Coombs » 13 Jan 2012, 00:00

Photos as of End of Thursday ..thats five days work so far :

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This Bronco Bucks :


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That's it for at least a week -I really need to get back to house decorating now- But this seems a good place to stop. The signs are that he will function right when the strings are fixed ( they are only loosely wound into position now) ,,,and he is looking good in profile and also front on ...so I am very pleased with the results.
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