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Ventriloquist Figure and Figure Building Items For Sale


Old Salt... custom carved wood Chuck Jackson figure made late 1980's. Was specifically designed for me, not one of Jackson's stock figures. Used in my performances for about 4 to 5 years, then retired when I started making my own figures. Has moving eyes, eyebrows, winkers, hand shaker. Terrific, impressive figure got great audience reaction and has friendly enough look to be great with kid audiences, which I did a lot of. In excellent condition, with case $1500



Figure Building Items For Sale

Would pack into two cardboard boxes for shipping. I haven't really priced everything out. I would like to sell the major parts of this material as a batch and am open to a reasonable offer.


Four Heads

First is unknown design, second is a variation of my Old Salt head, and the fourth is a Marshall face copy. These three are carved wood faces, ready to made into figures. The small head is a wood putty casting, has moving eyes.


Closeup of Marshall face


Close up of unknown face and Old Salt Variation


Bodies, hands, ears and a Marshall head back.


More hands, glass eyes, some feet, another wood carved Old Salt variation face, cast master for Marshall head, with back


Close up of hands



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Finished Floating Blocks or Shadow Quilt

This is the quilt I just finished.

It started as a treadle quilt, but my foot/ankle just wasn't up to it, so 1/3 of the piecing was done on the treadle, 1/3 on a needle feed Brother and the rest on a Pfaff 134. The quilting will be done on the Pfaff 134.


Mockery is a Rokkaku kite I built nearly 20 years ago. It was very large, 12 1/2' x 7 1/2'. I found that I was no longer able to handle a kite that size, so cut the skin down to 6' x 5'. Here is a pic of the kite aloft.

This shot was telephotoed in from about 200'. The grey sky is almost like a studio backdrop!

Current Sewing and Light Woodworking Shop


Sewing Side 1

Here you see a Brother industrial needle feed machine which is specifically for handling slick kite material and for the quilting phase of making quilts. The work table/feedout is 3' x 5' and consists of 1/4" masonite over 3/4" plywood. All nylon cutting is done on the masonite by heat knife. When the masonite gets too marked up, probably about after a year, I'll unbolt it and turn it around. After both sides are gone, simply replace the masonite. I think I'm going to be able to put my 12 drawer rack of treadle drawers between the dresser and the treadle by nudging the dresser over to the left a bit.


Sewing Side 2

As you can see from the previous pic, this spot held a nice treadle. However, since my ankle/foot will no longer stand up to steady treadling, I decided to improve the overall sewing situation by locating one of my favorite big machines here after upgrading it substantiall. The machine is a 1970's Pfaff 134 straight stitch industrial. I found it in a chicken coop (!) roughly 20 years ago and used it for many years in an industrial treadle. I bought it a new stand and a DC servo motor and it is one of the smoothest sewing machines I've ever used... great for quilt piecing.

Three early vintage Singer 28 hand cranks are on top of dresser, which contains tons of sewing and quilting patterns and supplies.



Tool Side 1 - Drill Press and Tool Storage Area (Corner of incredibly messy workbench will not be shown in full :^)


Tool Side 2 - Roll around work table, table saw and lathe. Note: there is an alcove directly opposite this, behind the big Brother sewing machine, where a bandsaw and belt sander are hiding out. A drum sander and jig saw are stashed in the furnace room, so I still have a lot of woodworking capability.




Dick Wightman, Seattle WA

email: rwightman@mindspring.com

Phone: 206 784 0883


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