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Doug Higley
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http://grindshow.com/grindshow/blade.html

For my new show 'The Last Tour In A Dark Museum' and I didn't think its gaudy yellow was exactly correct for the French Revolution. Smile Neither is the hardware...but I didn't build it.
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Beautiful job!

My only quibble would be that dried blood is more rust-colored than red.

On the other hand, that wouldn't read as well in a stage setting.
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Doug...

You did a great j-o-b...with the aging look...the blood looks good to me. Fantastic...you took an ordinary looking prop...and made it look like something real.


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Doug Higley
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The blood around the neck hole would be toward the rust colored after non-use for awhile BUT...
THIS blood is correct as semi-fresh from blade use the prior day (per the story line) but then you couldn't have known that.

You will notice upon closer inspection, there IS older rusty blood stains elsewhere.

As long as we are detailing...you'll see the rubbing area from the HAIR oils (on the front) as vicitms waited to get whacked.

The show by the way is at http://higley.grindshow.com
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That photo second from the bottom in your grindshow ad... now THAT'S a guillotine. I'd believe that one! Any chance you can get the Grant to somewhat resemble it? I think replacing the frilly cut top piece with an old 2x4 from a barn might help. Liberte might be written in old blood... that's a very French thing to do.

To replace the trunk latches, try some plain old rusty hasps and lock them with whittled wooden pegs stuck through the holes and hammered in place. I'd replace the shiny Grant chain with an old rope made of hemp or jute, also.
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Great Job!
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Yeah the chain gets replaced for sure!!! It still is a magic prop after all and believe it or not will be used to lighten the atmosphere after the show is coming to a conclusion...going to the French Revolution times is almost an afterthought to the show and a means to get that last volunteer to wish they stayed home. Smile
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Doug, it looks great, although I think the latches in front could use some updating...er...backdating.

Re: replacing the chain...as I recall, Owens (maybe it was someone else) used to have a large ratchet option for their guillotine. A big wheel that could be turned as the blade slowly rose with a clack, clack, clack sound would really build he tension (hint!).
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Yeah that's all cool...butt this will be replaced with a piece of hemp rope.

Not trying to make it 'pure' just easy to do passable.

We're looking at it though for a possible custom built version from the ground up out of wood (not heavy press board). In that case there would be pully's and crank wheels and other nasty things. I had my first one in the 60's and I've been thinking things over ever since! Just happy to get this one to play with.
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All I can add is "what? no dings int eh blade from hitting bones?!"
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Doug Higley
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The is regularly replaced monthly by the executioner and of course sharpened daily for a clean painless slice. It's made in Germany...they always make good stuff. (or so the story goes.)
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Looks good.

My favorite conversations w/ our owner-director always have this line:

"So, you're going to buy a nice, shiny new prop so I can paint it flat black, re-detail it, then make it look like shirt, right?"

I love "de-MAKing" props!

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Speaking of Germany, I understand the Nazis utilized guillotines for executions, but I've never seen a photo of one. Were they constructed of steel or wood?

In Doug's photos, his Mak guillotine looks to me to be old metallic.

Regardless, this is one stark, I-do-mean-business lookin' instrument. A job worthy of royalty.
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I just can't believe how you managed to take the "MAK" out of the Guillotine!
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Beleive me dennis, the MAK is still in it. It's heavy as hell.
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