This is a series of photos taken by Marc Wilson of the DeCordova Museum, showing the construction of The Puppet Theater
This is my sawmill. It's basically a bandsaw turned on its side that runs along a track.
After squaring the logs I can now cut them to size.
|I make detailed drawings so I will be able to locate and drill holes and cut joints before carving.||The blue chalk helps in shaping the ball and socket joints, marking where wood needs to be carved away.|
|Eyes are set in and each piece of the figure is painted before being assembled.|
|Here I'm attaching a spring that will hold the head to the torso.||An assembled puppet waiting for clothes and hair.|
|Next comes the construction of the stage...||...and working out how the puppets will be strung.|
|The strings of the puppets are interconnected by a system of pulleys.||The final locations of the four puppets.|
This is my wigmaking apparatus. Strands of hair are strung into a fringe.
Frings of hair are sewn into the "scalp"
A pattern must be custom made for each figure
|The puppets are dressed before being strung.||Painting the stage.|
This figure hangs from strings on a rolling control bar...
... that are counter balanced by weights behind the stage.
|A backstage view...||... and the finished piece from the front.|