"....and a Partridge in a LIME Tree "

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"....and a Partridge in a LIME Tree "

Postby Richard Coombs » 29 Dec 2012, 12:45

Ho Ho Ho ...hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas.

I did , thoroughly enjoyed it too ...but I cannot laze about for more than a few days it seems.
As nice as eating and drinking with friends and family is ...and as much as I do like snuggling on the sofa and watching good films on DVD virtually back to back ...I can only handle so many days of it.

This is why I always prefer a City Break rather than a Beach Holiday.
Exploring and walking around , popping into interesting shops and vast Galleries and Museums wins every time for me over lolling about on a sun-lounger .... actually cannot remember last time I had a holiday at all come to think of it - but I digress.

The point is : I guess I am just not good at doing nothing.

Add to this that earlier in the year I splashed out and treated myself to a large four meter slice of Lime Tree , and you will see why as soon as the last of my guests left , I hit the workshop.

The Lime wood had been cut up into more manageable blocks and stashed away as soon as I got it back from the specialist woodyard. but this was my first chance to actually try making a head with it. I have been itching to see how it handles for months now !

I wont say yet what the puppet is supposed to be , but I would be flattered if anyone guessed from just the look of it.

Again this is a kind of documentary statement as to where my carving techniques are at the moment.
And although I think I can safely say that I will never pick up a block of wood and chip into it with chisels ..I no longer use the laminated plywood method ( shown on here when making a Devil some years back )

The laminated ply was the method I needed to get me from sculpting in paper mache to working in wood.
It helped my confidence with bandsaws and sanders , but the way of working shown here is where I think my path lies in the future .

Of course when the puppets are painted and finished , whichever method used hopefully wont show - just the finished character.

But I offer up photo step by steps , as inspiration to anyone else who feels they cannot manage "traditional' carving methods .
It is always possible to make things your own way , by whatever method works for you - be it paper mache, laminated patterns or this 'jigsaw' parts ( or whatever way you can try ) .

If you have always wanted to make your own puppets , but felt you can't ...make 2013 the Year you have a go !

Richard
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Re: "....and a Partridge in a LIME Tree "

Postby Richard Coombs » 29 Dec 2012, 12:58

Here are the pics from yesterday 28th Dec.
All done in a day. ( and yes I know I still need to post pictures of the finished Jubilee /350th puppets from the Spring - but that is another of my faults, starting something new before completing the old )

I will tidy up the workshop , hang some black fabric and do a photo shoot with them very soon .
But here for now is the latest -

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I have deliberately disguised the full design for now ( what a tease :-) )
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Re: "....and a Partridge in a LIME Tree "

Postby Richard Coombs » 29 Dec 2012, 13:08

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Re: "....and a Partridge in a LIME Tree "

Postby Richard Coombs » 29 Dec 2012, 13:16

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The hands are regular pine ..and in the final photo the bits are only placed on the underbody to view the effect, they are not joined. The head is very far from finished.

It still has to be hollowed out and joined to a neck , and a back built for it ( as it is little more than a chunky 'mask' right now , not a puppet head )

But I have to say the Lime is wonderful to work with. really enjoying it .

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Re: "....and a Partridge in a LIME Tree "

Postby Chris » 29 Dec 2012, 22:47

Yes, lime is nice isn't it Richard - as all fruit wood - but usually the most available and with nice sharp tools a joy to work and you'll forget all about flirting with jelutong.
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Re: "....and a Partridge in a LIME Tree "

Postby Richard Coombs » 09 Jan 2013, 17:12

Very true Chris ...the Jelutong head was purely to try out the bit I had ( and because I knew if if I tried it ...it would ween me off pine and plywood )

This it did ..having realised how nice is is to start with a whole block of virtually grain-free wood , there was no going back -- hence taking the plunge and going out and buying such a big lump of 'tree' ! ( again the knowledge of having paid for it , would mean its getting used :-)

here is the Jelutong head again ...still not finished . If he is needed it wont be until end of May ( I will know by the end of March if my regular May booker has managed to also book the Bagpipe band she has for the last couple of years ...if she has I will complete him for that gig as he is to be a bagpipe player : hence the skewed mouth )


He was a good figure to make with the single block of Jelutong I had ,,as I knew he would only be in for 'occasional' use ..and therefore could take the knocks - jelutong being easy to carve , but I suspect not very durable .


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The lady puppet that began this thread is 90% finished ..and I have to say looking lovely.
I will keep her still a secret though for a week or two more.

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Re: "....and a Partridge in a LIME Tree "

Postby Benjie » 09 Jan 2013, 17:23

Lovely pictures and info Richard, hmm, not sure who she is yet, looks a little bit like Maggie Thatcher?!
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Re: "....and a Partridge in a LIME Tree "

Postby Richard Coombs » 09 Jan 2013, 18:23

Hello Benjy ..may I be ( possibly ) the last to wish you A Happy New Year :-)

Not a bad guess as it goes.
She is a Harriden of Thatcher like proportions ( the pointed finger gives that away a bit ) ..not the clenched fist though , as that will eventually be holding something. But yes a good guess.

Wrong though , but Bravo for having a go , I must say I am a little surprised some others have not taken a punt at guessing but hey ho ( perhaps folk had enough of Party Games over Christmas).

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Re: "....and a Partridge in a LIME Tree "

Postby Professor Joe » 09 Jan 2013, 20:30

My guess is the Queen of Hearts...
Hope you had a great Christmas!
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Re: "....and a Partridge in a LIME Tree "

Postby Benjie » 11 Jan 2013, 11:56

Thanks Richard, Happy New Year to you too, may I be the first to wish you Happy Easter!

Is it a member of the Royal Family?!
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Re: "....and a Partridge in a LIME Tree "

Postby Richard Coombs » 15 Jan 2013, 21:26

Queen of Hearts Proff Joe ??????

That would be an odd character to have in Punch and Judy surely ?

And wouldnt that need a rather complicated costume.
Who would be crazy enough to go to all that trouble ???
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Re: "....and a Partridge in a LIME Tree "

Postby BookEmDanno » 16 Jan 2013, 13:08

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner?
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Re: "....and a Partridge in a LIME Tree "

Postby Richard Coombs » 17 Jan 2013, 00:03

Nope Danno ( although having gone to google images and put her name in I can see what you mean )


No ...I now know how 'Rumplestiltzkin' felt .....Proff Joe was in fact quite right ( Benji too in a way when he thought it was a member of a Royal Family)

'Tiz indeed The Queen of Hearts.
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Re: "....and a Partridge in a LIME Tree "

Postby Richard Coombs » 17 Jan 2013, 00:17

She is far from finished ..the costume is only pinned onto the base dress at the mo ..and the hat has much more to be done ...but I am very pleased with the results.

I stopped work on her about 11 days ago to do some decorating ( there is only so much of that fiddly stuff I can do in one go , then need a break form it - will get back to it when the 'urge' next takes me)

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