|An early "Coconut" encrusted putz house|
Years ago, cardboard Christmas "Putz" house researcher "Papa" Ted Althoff was intrigued by several series of houses whose "glitter" looked "fuzzier" than most. Because the appearance reminded Ted of coconut, he used that term to describe both the houses that used it and the material itself. It wasn't real coconut, of course...read the rest here! http://cardboardchristmas.com/html/the_secret_of___coconut_.html
I wonder what Ted would have thought about this. A shame he didn't live to see it.ReplyDelete
Jennifer, it's hard to say - he probably would have been glad that somebody figured it out, and disappointed that it wasn't him. :-)ReplyDelete
The other thing to remember is that we have some ideas on how to get the same results that the Japanese did, but no way of knowing what process they used for sure. I think one of Ted's big disappointments was that he was never able to make a connection with any of the manufacturers or workers that created these great little houses. If any are still around, I hope they know that their work was appreciated.
The other thing to remember is that folks are still experimenting, and the best way to do this with modern resources and available materials probably has yet to be discovered. Thankfully, for folks who don't have time to take this sort of thing on for themselves, Pete is still delivering world-class replacement "coconut" in authentic colors at CardboardPutzHouses.com/marketplace.