I knew he could build furniture when an 8 foot, 700 lb Harvest Table showed up in our kitchen. Since then, I haven't bought any furniture. Either he built it, or it was an heirloom from my family like my Great-Grandmother's Hutch (Which we affectionately refer to as the 'Such Hutch' because EVERYTHING goes in it)
When he started building some of the intricate props that were in these videos, I knew this guy was special.
Sure, it's one thing to build a chuck wagon, fairground organ, model car, a circus tent or a ferris wheel...but when the NY Library shows up in your kitchen, you know you've connected with someone pretty special. Never mind the spinning riser, the drum-set he designed (And played until paint flew off of it) or the Beethoven-style Broadwood prop piano in our living room he built from my chalk-line design on the garage floor. Then the two of us put chicken wire and chain on it. I am sure many people can build whatever you ask them to, but will it suit my taste and fit the era of a story I am trying to tell? AND can you do it on a shoe-string budget? "Hey Mark, I need this carousel horse to puncture straight through the middle of it, is that possible?" ;)
He basically will build me any canvas to paint on. :)
I wish I would have chronicled it all better. SO many trips to the store to buy glue and paint and screws and SO much trial and error. I want to have it all set up Museum-style some day, IF he doesn't set it all on fire... (He has that Jimi Hendrix thing going on) Oh and did I mention he doesn't mind playing dress-up with me?
One of the high moments was when we strung fishing wire to the skeletons and made them dance Macabre-style for the Green video. You see, he can be terribly silly which in a year of struggling to find my own inner child again, is VERY timely.
Starting to design the next STEVER video...should be GREAT fun!
"Cracked hooves, no shoes and so severely spooked...can I loosen the rope that's strangling you..." ~Green from 'Idiot Savant'