File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 201

Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 18:11:37 EST
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] resource questions

Hi Yvette:

Go with Mathieu's idea. Some home supply stores sell wall mountable magnetic 
strips which are designed to take a little weight. They are easier on / kinder 
to, the edges of a chisel. 

I have to go against (some) European tradition AND my teacher, Albrecht Roser 
(and most likely some on this list) and tell you to NOT use leather of any 
kind for joints. It dries out and gives no warning of an imminent break. I was 
touring with Meridith Bixby once and while operating a marionette saw his hand 
preceed him slightly as he crossed the stage. It was weird and laughable at 
the same time. Meredith used leather strips for his wrist joints. 

I use theatrical 'trick' or 'tie' line. It's a braided cotton covered dacron 
core which stands up amazingly well and will show some wear before breaking. 
Even if the cotton wears through, the core will still hold. 
I use 1/8" glazed black tie line. I have a huge spool with yards of it here 
if you'd like me to send you some.

I also may be able to shed some light on other marionette joint construction 
possibilities. We can talk   after the Holidays. OK?

I need to think about books. So many have helped but I learned mostly by 
watching or participating in a few classes, and much by experimenting on my own.
Happy Holidays!

Fred T.

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