I am always searching for
ventriloquist figures and I especially like those that are wood
carved. I was really dumb founded when I discovered this Folk Art
gem of a ventriloquist figure.
At first appearance he appears like a normal vent figure but when
you look close you see that not only is his head carved from 3
planks of wood but the entire body , which appears to be seated on a
tree stump, is in fact a tree stump. I decided to call him my totem
pole ventriloquist figure. He is a one piece body and seat with his
back hollowed out to accommodate the head stick.
His head is actually 4 planks of wood , two side pieces and two
interior pieces. There are no cracks it is the way it was put
together. He has slight movement of the eyes in a winking fashion
and of course slot jaw. The jaw opens real wide. Controls are
strings that run out the back of the neck.
To use this fellow you would have to be seated next to him with your
hand in his back. His painted shirt and pants are all original paint
and his hair is yarn that is actually placed into small holes and
glued in place. He stands ( actually sits ) 35" tall. His head is
ball and socket and is removable. The neck was hollowed out to
accept the sort of ball style neck. I feel from the look and style
of the painted cloths that he is from the late 1960's. Hippie era.
He weighs about 50 pounds so he was not moved around much that is
I hope you enjoyed seeing this unusual ventriloquist figure!!