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These are some of Hobey's recent photo albums

Iphone Adaptations New and old Technologies Meet

These are part of an ongoing experiment pairing new and old technologies

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tiny eye mech experiment

I have been experimenting with a tiny eye mechanism for an insanely small puppet. The photos show the progression from rod operation to string operated mechs. In the end the attachment of the foam carved head could not be achieved in a way that would allow disassembly for repair and modification. I did manage to figure out how to hammer out spherical eye lids from brass and came up with a nice harness idea for the lids. The side to side eye movement was more difficult which is usually not the case.

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Ichabod Crane universal head control for rod puppet

Here is my modification on a universal head control for a rod puppet. The control allows for up and down, side-to-side and diagonal twisting of the head or cocking the head. The control can be clicked into a holder which then transfers the side to side and up and down movement to a foot pedal. This was necessary to keep multiple characters alive in a scene. Click on drawing to enlarge then click on the multi arrow icon in that window to get the photo to enlarge a lot further where you can scroll around the photo to see details.

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Georgian marionette copy

In the 1991 I was staying with Angelela Beasley while touring in Savannah. Also staying with her was a troupe of Soviet Georgian Marionettists who were here in their sister city performing. At night we sketched each others' puppets. "Botchie" was the nickname of the Puppet builder/director Tengis Khaluashi who designed the adapted vertical marionette control. Also performing were George Salukauri and Natia Kupatadze. I copied his ballerina, but it doesn't work anywhere as well as Botchies' original.

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Tin Man Shoot- "Happy Feet" -The Firecracker Jazz Band

Around three years ago I was visiting my buddy, steel sculptor John Payne's studio when I noticed his oil can collection. In a flash I imagined a video about "Tin Man". That year The Firecracker Jazz Band was looking for a theme for their Asheville Christmas Parade float and I suggested "Wizard of Oz goes to Mardi Gras". I built the Tin Man costume for Asheville tapper, Joe Mohar and Firecracker's entourage started building costumes and a float for the parade.

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Shadow puppets from "Rainbow Bridge" (technical photos coming soon)

My newest show "The Rainbow Brigdge and Other Tales" features shadow puppets that I've created uoing some cool new technology. The material that I'm using is high density poly-ethylene sheeting with black matte finish. It is a plastic sheeting cut-able with scissors and paper punches. The thickness is similar to poster board. I am using heavy music wire for rods with dowell handles and a trigger for the mouth of the puppet.

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Miniature Rod Puppets

I made these puppets around 1979 after inspiration of Clyde Hollifield and his monkey puppets, which were 6 inch tall monkey rod puppets. They have amazing articulation (see video gallery). These are characters inspired by Brian Froud and Alan Lee's book "Fairies". I made them with maple (elf), black walnut (Quagmire Ankledeep & Leprechaun), bone (fairie, elves legs), Oak (troll). I showed a friend who said Jim Henson was filming a movie using Froud's work and so went to NYC and visited the studio trying to get a job on the movie with my puppets.

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Sue Hastings

This album relates to an article I did for the Puppetry Journal. You can find the article in Downloads section. It is the story of discovering a collection of Sue Hastings marionettes in my attic.

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Press shots

Here are my press shots frOtherom over the years

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Animalia

Animalia is a ballet of carved foam animal puppets

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Peepers Puppets

Peepers Puppet

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Rainbow Bridge and Other Tales

Here are some photos of my puppets

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