File puptcrit/puptcrit.0707, message 244


To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 10:07:29 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] air filtering system


Greg,
The system I have been using for over 40 years I devised to help another 
sculptor, a close friend, Robert Mallary, who was one of the first to use 
Polyester Resins in his sculpture. He did a series of "Tuxedo" figures 
entitled 'The Cliff Hangers' which hung on a pavilion in the 1964-1965 
World's fair in New York. I did a puppet show there and we became close 
friends. He became quite ill and completely allergic to hydro-carbons and 
nearly died. I invited him up to my farm and built a "clean" room for him in 
my barn which had air exhausted from the room by a large window fan and I 
made a mask from a scuba outfit that had air supplied by a pump with the 
input on the other side (windward) of the building so that he was 
continually getting a supply of clean fresh air with no chance of breathing 
any of the resin fumes he was still using for his sculpture. The pump was 
oil free and quite low in pressure so I could eliminate any source of 
contamination from the pump.

I still use a modified version of that system for myself. One thing to 
remember is that I live in the Catskill Mountains and we have no industry 
here. The air is relatively clean except for pollens which naturally float 
around up here. My system filters out most of those as well. I use 
industrial face mask filtering systems along with my exhaust fans as well as 
the scuba mask set up.

Bud Wertheim... still puppeteering but getting to be an old curmudgeon. 


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