Carved Basswood Vintage Modified Craig Lovik Ventriloquist Puppet Dummy - 1981 For SaleFor sale: 1981 hand-carved, DEFINITELY one of a kind, basswood ventriloquist figure by Craig Lovik (w/ slight modifications by Matt Kimbro). I've owned this figure for a while, tinkering with him off and on - and finally turning him into what I feel is a more interesting character. I used wood dough, 2 part-epoxy, papier mache', saw dust, knives, sandpaper, paint brushes, paint, spray fixative, needles, thread, and maybe even a little plutonium in this......project....but he's 90% carved basswood!
IMO the original character was very plain so I thought I would see how bad I could mess it up. Hey, I've re-carved/sculpted/whatever a Selberg so I'm NOT scared to try it on a Lovik. I must admit though, my taste does run to the extreme. I really love interesting characters like those produced by Ray Guyll and Bill Nelson, so that is what I attempted here in this revitalization. (Oooh...that sounded fancy!) Ok, so this is "maybe" 10% as good as what they do.....but better than 0%! (Ok, maybe more like 2% as good.)
This figure does not have a wig. (You don't see one, do you?) People are funny about what they like in regard to wigs. Everyone has different tastes (mine run to the expensive and in this economy...uhh uhh..) so I'm going to leave that up to the buyer to decide. You can find a reasonably good wig from $10 (if you carefully search ) up to as much as you can afford. Personally, I think he looks kind of cool as/is (even with the unpainted basswood back which attaches w/ velcro. I didn't want to paint that as it has Lovik's written 33 (maybe the 33rd basswood figure of 1981?). What this guy is lacking in artistic perfection I think he might make up for in character (character is a nice way of saying "imperfection"). That is for you to decide. (I know, I'm a heck of a salesman!)
He comes with the hat and clothes you see here (no shoes), which I think look really cool. They're all pretty much vintage except for the white shirt and tie.
This guy has really nice controls. The levers are sturdy and comfortable! Craig did a great job. He has s/s eyes (NON self-centering. Paul Winchell would approve.) and a moving mouth. He does have that classic Lovik gap under the chin that you either love or hate. I don't think it looks so bad on this fellow. He does have a mischevious, intoxicated look. He's a big son of a gun, too. Fairly big head and probably a 42" figure. Of course he has the classic McElroy style hands which is cool -- although not as detailed as the real deals (which I've owned nice copies of) and slightly smaller. I think Craig copied a pair and then shrank them by about 15% to suit his needs.
From here I will just let the photos do the talking. I definitely think he is fun to look at, fun to use, and would bring some laughs on stage (or just sitting in a collection). I hope you like this figure as much as I have. I'm starting the offerding at a whopping $.99 and letting it ride! (So start offerding..........please.........no seriously, place a offer.....there you go.....ok, offer one more time just to be sure it worked. There you have it. Thank you.)
Shipping: Free stateside shipping! Overseas buyers -- if you win allow me to send you an invoice before paying. Sorry -- can't swing free shipping overseas. What do I look like? Donald Trump?On May-25-13 at 03:54:08 PDT, seller added the following information:
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