Kinetic Fish Sculptures
June 5, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT- $35.00
What You'll Do:
Join puppeteer, sculptor, and storyteller Dave English for a three hour tour of his puppet studio and online education laboratory as he leads you through the steps of making your own jiggling wiggling kinetic fish sculpture. Walleye, Bass, Crappy, Mackerel, Catfish, or even Shrimp! It’s all fair game. Heck you can make a land animal if you want to live that life. It is your creation! Dave is going to show you some construction methods, tools, materials, techniques that he uses as a professional puppeteer.
Participants should have at least one person per group who is comfortable using some basic wood shop skills for the wood cutting part. This project also offers hands-on opportunities like assembly and painting for younger participants. Work alone or as a group to make a fun wooden-jointed fish sculpture that moves like a real fish that you can display on your shelf, porch, boat, windowsill, etc.
Skill Level:The most basic requirement is safety and close guardian engagement. Some of the tools used in this process are dangerous and not to be operated without training and supervision. I am speaking of the bandsaw, sander, and several of the hand-tools.
It would be rewarding for a young person to observe the wood cutting process and assist in the assembly and painting of the fish. This would be a lovely family experience for people who have a bit of a woodshop and like to be creative.
We're going to be safe, positive, and creative.
Skills you will learn:I will teach the participants how to use some basic wood shop skills to make a fun wooden-jointed fish sculpture that moves like a real fish. They will be able to display their creations on their shelf, porch, boat, etc.
What You'll Need:
- 1" thick wooden boards or scrap. Save money and find scrap. If it's weathered that is a bonus. You'll want at least two feet of board.
- #0 sized eye screws
- Small 1-2" compression springs
- Wood glue
- E6000 glue
- Electric hand drill and charged batteries
- A set of bits and a phillips head attachment. Be sure to have a very fine drill bit for making lead holes.
- Saw and Sandpaper. I use a Grizzly Bandsaw and Table sander but you use what you have available. Just do it safely.
- 16 ga tie wire
- Wire snips/Pliers
- Spray paint or Acrylic paints
- Patina paint and activator
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