Links From the Wider World of Props

Credits sits down with Jason Allard, a carpenter for the movies. He talks about how he got started and some of the films he has worked on. He has built things such as the gazebos in 12 Years a Slave, and the treehouse in Moonrise Kingdom. You can also check out a short video showing him at work and some of the projects he’s completed.

Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who has performed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for the last 46 years, sits down with Reddit to answer some questions. Careful, your tears will be jerked with some of the stories he tells.

Make Magazine has a nice video showing a simple but impressive technique for adding wire inlay patterns to wood. I wish they would ease up on the “out of focus” shots in the video, but it does display the technique quite effectively.

Finally, a whole range of desktop milling machines are coming out in the near future, and Tested has a nice roundup of some of the more promising ones. These machines can cut, carve and mill materials like wood, plastic and even metal, all for $2600 or less.