In my automata I look for a combination of the mechanical with elements of carving and sculpture on a smaller scale. I try to keep the workings open to form part of the whole and to keep the natural colour of the wood. Sometimes they tell an amusing story.
Most of these puppets were made to commission, mainly for theatre but also privately. They range in size and type; from marionettes, rod and table-top puppets to bunraku style and ventriloquist.read more | view gallery
Although I very much like making things move I equally enjoy carving something static. Knowing that a face won’t change at the crank of a handle requires a different approach.
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Here are some of the more functional items. Most are commissioned one off pieces while the restoration has a need for precision and very careful working.
The discipline of letter carving has its own logic and grace. It can be very precise yet beautiful and ultimately satisfying.view gallery