Yesterday, I had the chance to make a new control for a rod marionette from Europe.
I don't get to see those often, and every time I learn something new.
This time, on the Pinocchio puppet, I noticed the simple yet sturdy system the artist (unknown, probably from Belgium) used for the knees and hips.
Instead of the usual hole in the wood, where the axle can and will enlarge said hole, they made a groove on top of the piece of wood, inserted a piece of thick wire to cover the groove, used an axle on the other piece of wood, which links up to the initial piece by going under the metal wire.
Metal on metal is strong. It's a little bit squeaky though. It was barely noticeable on the Pinocchio.