There's no business like show business.

Let your fancy flow. -Jimi Hendrix

These pieces are for fun- as if I wasn't already having fun. You will notice that they largely have a theatrical connection. Nutcrackers are toys with a theatrical character; the animation built into them lets them "act." I want to build more: Falstaff, Pierrot, Rigoletto, Richard III; Bette Davis in All About Eve. The little theatres have their germ in a beloved toy of my and my brother's childhood. We could "cram/ Within this wooden O"- actually, lithographed sheet metal- stories we acted out through the little plastic figures that came with the theatre. If this sounds formative, it was. Before I was a furniture maker I was an actor, and it may be that the main thing I've kept from that enjoyable pursuit is a sense of play. That's what these are about.

Bottom: I feel an exposition of sleep come upon me.

Hamlet & Yorick: "I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy." Yorick is equipped to respond. Will he break his three-and-twenty year silence? It's not in the script...

Hover & click images for terrific toy treatments

Baghdad Theatre:

Baghdad Theatre:

This came in a dream!

Recession theatres

Recession theatres

This is one of a pair of little theatres commenting on the Great Recession

Swan theatres

Swan theatres

There is a boat in peril in the foreground of Hokusai's famous wave print.

About Kent Odell

For over 30 years we have designed and built custom furniture for private clients, designers, and architects in sleekly contemporary, Art Deco, traditional Chinese Forms, Arts and Crafts in the manner of Greene and Greene.

Fine custom wood cabinets, desks and offices, tables, seating, dining rooms, sideboards, buffets, chairs, beds and dressers, built-ins, bookcases, doors, mantles, jewelry boxes, toys, accessories, lamps, clocks, wood sculpture.

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