Below are photographs showing some of my work as a prop designer and fabricator.
Some of the many mounts I made for models in Hall of Ocean Life at the American Natural History Museum.
Most of these mounts are designed to be unobtrusive as well as accommodate tilting the model in both horizontal and vertical orientation so the fish models could school in a realistic manner. All of them are locked securely in place and have been for over 10 years.
The octopus is a wax model made in the 1930s. It is very fragile and in an exposed area. The solution I devised was that each arm would be supported from underneath with custom brass arms that could set screwed to the center mount. Off of the brass arms were more set screwed arms that clasp the model without damaging it.
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.