Posted on April 27, 2021
I made the seat and back yesterday and the two upright parts today. It’s made for two puppets to sit.
Posted on April 26, 2021
Today I turned on my LED photo lights for the first time. I just used my simple and silly phone for a bunch of test shots. Turns out, the side light from outside is really nice on the puppet stage and Proscenium.
All I need now is one little maroon drape and curtain / bunting around the stage.
I also did finish the park bench. It’s glued and drying as I write this.
Posted on April 24, 2021
While Phrenology was a fad and pseudoscience – it is kinda cool and fun anyway. The old illustrations re very cool indeed.
Today’s song includes a “happy accident”. I didn’t care to just play a blues guitar part, so I started just “scratching” on the strings before the bridge-piece. It sure sounded cool – and I kept it as a “sort of” guitar part.
I did finish the raised stage and stage curtain uprights and rod. Tomorrow I will build a park bench – just because it can be used for many, many scenes.
Posted on April 23, 2021
I built the stage deck today out of two pieces of an old Ikea butcher block table top. I’ve used that table top for quite a few things – synthesizer stand, drum box easel and now the stage.
I also have the curtain rod done. The upright parts are the last of some 1/2 inch iron pipe I had laying around and a piece of aluminum from an old ham radio antenna.
I even started building a park bench where up to two puppets can sit at any one time.
I just love building these miniatures. The thought process of thinking in scale is way more fun that I had ever imagined.
Posted on April 22, 2021
I may never create an actual puppet show or even do a stop motion or filmed feature. I’m having WAY too much fun building miniatures.
Just like my music, its all about the fantasy of putting on a show. My music is more a cache of musical ideas than finished and polished pieces. When I played at The Hotel Utah in the 80’s, the work leading up to the show was great fun, but once I got on stage, it was a real disappointment.
I live for my daily notebooks with colored pencil sketches, photographs, miniatures and recorded sound pastiches.
I guess the journey really is always the reward. Another way of saying “Live in the moment, not the future”. Thank goodness I learned this in my 20’s. I promised myself I wouldn’t die regretting what I didn’t do.
I’ve secretly made fun my #1 priority. The joke is on the world. (They will never know!)
Posted on April 18, 2021
I’ve completed my first miniatures for the puppet theatre – and now I have enough props to do a first photo shoot and small puppet music video.
The scale is 1:5 – meaning the piano and bench are 1/5th the size of the real thing. I’ll do a proper photo shoot soon. My workshop and puppet theatre are now fully organized, and I have all my tools and wood and other tchotchke’s organized like a pro.
KLAM is an AM radio station in Cordova, Alaska. Funny logo – and what a beautiful part of the world. I chose KLAM because for me – it has great possibilities as an acronym – I’m working on the ultimate one. Keep Listening (to) Alternate Music is my best so far. Share your ideas with me.
As I understand it – they used these call letters in the movie Stand By Me as a fictional Portland, Oregon rdio station – that’s good enough for me. That’s a superb movie. In any case, its just a fun set of call letters.
I’ve got a new song brewing – with a killer bass line. Watch for it in the next few days.
Posted on April 11, 2021
One of things I do is rebuild rock walls and steps and other garden “hard scaping”. Sure, I plant and water and trim plants – but I like the garden “architecture” part of the deal – where the hardscape then hints at where you should plant stuff.
Because we have started having rolling blackouts in the fall – during high wind and fire season, I have solar garden lights out front and on my deck. When the lights go out – we aren’t in the dark.
Posted on April 11, 2021
I have this old oak box and with a few cuts, it’s starting to look like a piano. At least a marionette piano. It will be pretty easy to add nice finishing trim, a music shelf, black and white keys, and the legs and front bottom parts.
Posted on April 8, 2021
I have a new song written with a great guitar and Farfisa organ part. Ill add a baseline and one other part to accent the end if the song – perhaps Solina synth strings or choral or maybe my favorite “old radio” tack piano part. I really like keeping space in each part so its not as busy as many (most?) Of my songs so far. However, I think its natural to go a bit overboard and then learn finesse – I do believe finesse is a sign if some kind of maturity …
I’m done building my 1:20 scale puppet model and need to paint it. Its turning out great.
I bought some Dremel accessories. Luckily, I had several brand new Dremel tools hardly used since about 2008 or so. Now I’m making great use of them building these puppet theatre props and whatnot. I love designing and building my own scale models. I use leftover redwood scraps and some hobbyist bass wood and dowels I got at my local hardware store.
Stay tuned, as always, making is the journey – be it music, woodworking or other.
Posted on April 7, 2021
My first attempt at building a miniature scale model out of bass wood is the Puppet Theatre. I’ll make a proper post of it when finished.
That starter experience now has me thinking about the next project and it will either be a Red Piano or a Park Bench.
By sketching first, I can figure out how I will fabricate and join each part. I did finish the 8 vertical puppet controllers yesterday, so now I can start building props and even sets for my puppet skits. Just having one puppet who has a moving mouth play the piano would be a great first little skit, so I think I’ll do that.