Below are photographs showing some of my work as a prop designer and fabricator.
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This large McRib Sandwich I sculpted for a McDonald’s promotion. It was copied from a provided sample sandwich. The stages of hand carving with tools from foam can be seen in the process images.
The final resin coat was followed with a paint job and then steel rolled oats were added to simulate the seeded top bun.
This replica caboose sits on ties and roadbed of the railroad the original caboose it is based on once rolled.
I followed plans of the original 1880’s era caboose and had the lumber milled locally. I built it using modern tools but in the way it would have been made in the 19th century. The railroad had four cabooses numbered 70-74 so this version is #75.
I think of this caboose as a kind of time traveller. It occupies the same space and location as the original caboose once did.
This life sized motorcycle I made from wood scrap following photographs in a folk art style for a store window prop. The only non wooden part is the handlebars which was electrical conduit which was wrapped in wood veneer edge banding.
vintage television cameras
I created two historically accurate 1950s RCA television cameras for the musical Memphis, which traveled with the production to Broadway. They were sculpted of Sintra with integrated contemporary working video cameras.
The camera pictured at the bottom of the page was for Robin and the Seven Hoods.
cry baby car
I created this partial car for the John Waters musical Cry Baby at La Jolla Playhouse. The car travelled with the production to Broadway.
The car was made by cutting up and re-sculpting a 1956 Plymouth. There was very little space to store the prop backstage so several feet were cut out of the center and one headlight was skewed in front of the other side to simulate a three quarter view appearance from the audience while reducing the actual width to 2 1/2 feet. In addition to making the car smaller, I also had to ensure it was strong enough to be danced on by actors.
early car engines
These two early car engines were created for two separate shows, both of which subsequently opened on Broadway. They are both made primarily of MDF and painted following prototype research.
The rust colored Model A Ford engine appeared in the Musical Bonnie and Clyde and the grey Model T Ford engine was for The Farnsworth Invention.
Transparent Treasure Box
This transparent treasure box was made of wood, gold leather, plexiglass and vinyl. A slightly smaller wooden box was made and then another box that is a bit larger was made of plexiglass to allow the faux money to appear to fill the box and have dimension without having to actually fill the box. The curved top was made of wooden bands and thick clear vinyl.
During the show any money dropped through the hole in the top of the trunk passed through a hidden hole in the false money pile and into the interior wooden box from which it later could be retrieved from a trap in the bottom and reset for the show.