Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve...

I should be in bed... It's too early in the morning, but can't sleep.
And that's OK.
I've been thinking about this past year, and a few years before this one...
And although there have been hard times, I have to say the good out number and outweigh them.

I'm grateful for all my family, and friends, and extended family, and cats...
I'm grateful for the madness that makes me who I am...
I'm grateful to be alive...

So Happy New Year to those who read this, and may 2012 be amazing for you

- JB

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hanoi Rocks - Back to Mystery City [1984]

For Rich... Make sure to listen to his show tonite online!
Metal Imbalance!!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

King Tiki Tiki's Christmas Extravaganza!

Here's this years Elmwood Holiday Short...
Gabe made King Tiki Tiki, and it looks awesome!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


A few years back I made a Frank Zappa puppet for my Aunt Desi and Uncle John for Christmas... They were the ones to turn me on to Zappa when I was a teenager, and I haven't turned back...
John went to see Dweezil Zappa's show "Zappa Plays Zappa" last year and brought the puppet with him and managed to get Dweez to sign him!
I was pretty stoked when Desi showed me!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

It's Munny Madness at Paris In Plantsville opening 12/17!

Saturday nite at Paris In Plantsville our new show for the holiday season opens...


It's a charity show too, so if you come and buy a Munny, or even make a donation, you'll be doing something good for others this holiday season, 30% of the proceeds are going to The Starlight Children's Foundation!

I've even got a couple Munnys in the show! Come check it out!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Warts and all

A couple weeks ago the Elmwood blog had a profile on ME written by my cousin for a paper she did for class...  We liked it, so we posted it!  And now I'm linking it here...  Cuz my ego is out of control today...
Just click the picture above to read it!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Painting and Beer... What's not to love?

So, first things first today...
Need something to do tonite?
Come out and see me, and my fellow Paris In Plantsville resident artists at 
at The Black Bear bar in Hartford CT!
We'll be painting in public for the love a beer!!!
There should be some amazing artists there, and maybe even Johnnie Sojive...  Maybe...
More here

And in news that makes me feel old...
The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Guns N' Roses 
will both be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"Have you seen the Muppets?"


People keep asking me if I saw it and what I thought of it...

So I'll keep my review short and simple...

Loved it! Was the first Muppet movie that had the feel of "The Muppet Show" and it was full of that Henson Heart. If they keep moaking movies like this then they can't fail!

Can't wait to see it again...

I was lucky enough to have some great friends and my awesome girlfriend come with me to see it opening nite!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday Song - Evaporated - Ben Folds

And Thanks Brie!  You gave this song so much meaning to me...  I'm lucky to have you in my life.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Munny Madness!!!!

So here is my other Munny Doll... This one's the Foomi, completed with a base... It's already at Paris In Plantsville for the show!

I actually got this picture texted to me today by Josh, with the text "You're touched man."

To me that's a compliment.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Nope... No pictures of the Munny today...

Cuz it's done.

Wanna see it you gotta come to the show.

In fact I did two! A Trikky and a Foomi!

The Foomi is really whacked out!

Here's the show info, be there!...

Opening Dec 17 at Paris In Plantsville

You get a Munny...

You make your Munny unique...

You bring it to Paris In Plantsville for the coolest toy show of the holiday season!


Submission Fees: $5.00 for 1, $10 for 2, After two submissions; infinite submissions for FREE!!!

The First 40 Entries receive a FREE Kidrobot Key Chain!!!

Official dates :

Drop offs start December 3rd through December 15th

Opening gala will be December 17th at 7pm - 11p

But start making your Munny (or Trikky, or Rooz, or Foomi, and so on) now!

Pick them up at Blick in Plainville, CT and tell them we sent you.

And check out for ideas and fun!

THIS event will be sponsored by Dick Blick Art Materials!!!!!

Visit their website for awesome deals :

Monday, November 28, 2011

Munny Madness Day 3!

Click the pic above to be part of Munny Madness at Paris In Plantsville!

It's blurry...  But there is a face starting there...  And below, a random arm!

All the info for the Munny Madness Show:
You get a Munny...
You make your Munny unique...
You bring it to Paris In Plantsville for the coolest toy show of the holiday season!


Submission Fees: $5.00 for 1, $10 for 2, After two submissions; infinite submissions for FREE!!!

The First 40 Entries receive a FREE Kidrobot Key Chain!!! 

Official dates : 
Drop offs start December 3rd through December 10th
Opening gala will be December 17th at 7pm - 11p

But start making your Munny (or Trikky, or Rooz, or Foomi, and so on) now!

Pick them up at Blick in Plainville, CT and tell them we sent you.
And check out for ideas and fun!

Monday Song 2 - I Should Have Known - Foo Fighters

This Video Sucks Contest: Directed by Daniel Fickle

Monday Song - Walk - Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters had a contest recently where fans could make videos, here is one of the videos they liked!  I'll be posting another one later today.
This Video Sucks Contest: Directed by Phil Hodges

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Munny Madness In Progress!

Here he is in pieces and some of the body in color...

Drop off dates at Paris In Plantsville for your Munny are 12/3 - 12/10 and the show opens 12/17!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Guns N' Roses Week.... Encore!

No, this wasn't the encore...  But it is footage from last nite!

Say whatever you want about the new Guns N' Roses...  But let me tell you.  This is a band, a group.  Not just a bunch of hired musicians like so many so called classic bands are now.  This guys played to make each other sound good, they played off and with each other.  They cared for the old songs and killed it on all the new ones...  And I've never heard Axl sound so good...
And they weren't even that late!  Hahaha!  They hit the stage at 11:30 and played till 3:30 AM!!!
Never a dull moment, and it was killer song after another...  
Thanks Tricky for wanting to go!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

So bittersweet, this tragedy...

The last day of Guns N' Roses week...

This clip is recent...  Very recent...  Really looking forward for tonite.

This week has been brought to you by Rock 'n' Roll and my love for my friend Tricky.
This is no disrespect for anyone else in my life, but Tricky is one of the reason's I keep going.
He's an inspiration to me.  He's my brother from another mother.

Lucky to have you in my life man, and tonite we get to act like 18 year olds again.  At least for a few hours...

Friday, November 18, 2011

Don't hang your head in sorrow, and please don't cry

In May or June 1992 Gn'R did a pay-per-view concert...
I got a few buddies to chip in five bucks each and ordered the show.
We were still in high school and my folks and brother were leaving town for the night, and they actually OK'ed me having a party...
I'd love to see what Tricky has to say about that nite...
Anyway here's Don't Cry from that show


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sick of this life, not that you'd care...

This is a clip from the first Gn'R show I saw with Tricky...  March 1993...
I was looking for any clips from the second time we saw then together in 2002, but nothing really came up...  Oh well...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

You Like To Hurt Me, You Know That You Do...

Here's a song from Gun N' Roses latest album...  But not there version...  When you're done watching this, check out the YouTube page it came from, this woman is amazing.
"Sorry" is also one of my faves on Chinese Democracy...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

You can't fool yourself, you came in this world alone

So I texted Tricky right after I posted on Sunday that this is Gn'R week, letting him know...
And  I was expecting a "Fuckin' A" text or something.

But instead he punched me in the gut...
The text read "When you're talking to yourself..."

That S.O.B....  Hahahaha...
So here's "Estranged" 
Dedicated to Tricky; my soul brother, and to J.R. Calvo, my other soul brother
Thank you both for being there for me whenever I have need you

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Guns N' Roses Week

Today starts Guns N' Roses week on this blog...
Tricky and I are going to see them Saturday nite in Hartford...  So to share how happy I am I'm gonna force Gn'R on everyone who reads this blog...

So here's some vintage Elmwood Puppets making fun of the fact Chinese Democracy had yet to come out...  2003 or 2004...  I don't remember!


Creepy Jon
acrylic on canvas, portrait of a puppet

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ahh, New England

I'll be returning to the blogging in a few days...
Still no net at the homespace...

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Devil's Nite... Tomorrow nite...

Join me at Paris In Plantsville for a free screening of 
"The Crow"
at 8PM 10/30!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Day 5 of sick...

Started feeling sick on Sunday...
It kicked my ass Monday and Tuesday...
Slept most of yesterday...
Back to the day job today, we'll see how it goes.
As long as I'm better by NEXT weekend!!!
Then after that...  Back to puppet making!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"The Muppets"

28ish Days till "The Muppets" hits in the U.S.!!!

As much as that makes me happy, I currently feel like crap.  
I'm sick, boo me...  Hahahaha...

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Science Fiction Double Feature Picture Show...

This Friday nite!
Hang out with me at Paris In Plantsville!
Laugh a lot and throw toast!!!

"What ever happened to Fay Wray?"

That 's the question posed by Dr. Frank-n-Furter poses to the audience in the 1975 classic film 
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show"...
As part of the Halloween Season we'll be screening several films....
Join us 10/21 for a fee screening of Richard O'Brien's legendary musical and bring your props for the audience participation event!

Following "Rocky Horror" will be the Richard Elfman film "The Forbidden Zone"!
A musical movie as strange a s strange gets featuring music from Danny Elfman's Oingo Boingo and starring the legendary little person Herve Villechaize!

Two R-Rated Horror Musicals on one wild nite!

For more on all our Halloween events use this link:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Art I Own...

"Jon's New Hair"
2010 by Jordan Deschene
Unlike last week's post which is art I've done, this is art I own.  I've managed to get a good little collection going, so every now and then I'll share one here.
This one is by Jordan, my good friend and brother at Paris In Plantsville, and somehow the subject matter looks really familiar...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011


They are coming or you Gabe!

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Touching The Skin
Ink on Bristol Board, comic book page
This is part of the art show at Paris In Plantsville: Halloween Extravaganza!
running from 10/15 to 11/1.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

An attractive bunch...

Ladies in Gentlemen, weighing in at one million pounds of awesome and sexy; 
The Elmwood Productions Crew 2011...
left to right:
Tricky Pete Lucco
Shane McNeal
Russ Bird
Evil Jim Williams
Rachel Ryan
Gabe Finkinstein
Jaime Williams
Jon Bristol
Chris Chinaman Ly

I know it's now early for this but...  Thanks guys for an awesome year of puppet madness!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Buy Gear!

Shameless self-promotions here...
Elmwood Puppets have an Cafe Press Page!
Buy our stuff!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Amanda's Mom

Amanda, Thank you for being a friend

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Mouth Puppet

Sean makes an appearance in an upcoming Steve the Vampire episode!
Tomorrow we see The Three Stooges!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Harvesting The Harbinger

Harvesting The Harbinger: The Artwork of Clinton Deckert
Clinton's a great human being and amazing artist!

Come check out his work!

Opening Reception Tonite at Paris In Plantsville!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Posting... Every day(ish)


I think it's funny that people who play role playing games have rules for social skills within the game, but never really learned many useful ones in real life. Hahaha...

Me and Tricky hamming it up on a break

Jim, Russ, and Jaime puppeteering (and Shane too, but you can't see him)

Learning the lines...

Brie came, took pics and even ran the camera!

Chris with Mel

Shane is unamused, but Rachel is...

Jim, most likely making a ridiculous demand

Oh the puppets

And more puppets....