File puptcrit/puptcrit.0810, message 214


To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 21:17:22 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Hobey's Bil Baird puppet


Hobey;

I got one of these for my birthday in June from my friend/fellow puppeteer
Brian Henning who found 2 of them in their original wrappings at an antique
store!  He too, got them cheap.  I worked for Bil for 2 years and didn't know
about these.  He did teach me about snuff and dark rum though....

Trish Place

I bought a Bil Baird commercial hand puppet on e-bay for $10!  It
couldn't be too valuable because I  was the only bidder.  Back at the
Fort Mitchell festival I almost won the auction for a real head from
the whistling Wizard but had to leave early and was out bid by $5
#%$&*!!!  I ended up buying with Pady Blackwood's advice a large
Baird working drawing for a couple of puppets.  I have loved it.  I
remember Bil showing me how he perforated the drawing with a little
pattern wheel and pounced the drawing with a blue chaulk bag to
transfer the drawing.  I still use the technique to mass produce
butterfly pattern on foam for teacher workshops. I have attached a
photo of my new Baird hand puppet.

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