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How to Make a Beast

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Video recording of talk

Recording of a Morris Federation talk on “How to Make a Beast” by Geoff Roberts held on Zoom on 23 January 2021. The #MorrisFedvideo lasts for 58 minutes. 



Geoff Roberts talk about making a Morris beast – held up by a single pole with the carrier under a fabric body. He has already made 3 beasts in his morris career, using just a workmate and some basic hand and power tools.

His latest creation is a real-life Giddy horse from the Giddy Up At Whitby book (available at Waterstones).

Geoff will show some of the bits of Giddy in detail and pass on advice about the things he’s done that have worked, and some that haven’t. He has no workshop, just a workmate and some basic hand and power tools so you should be able to make one just as Geoff has. There isn’t a rule book or only one way of building a beast that works, but this is one way that has.

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Speaker biography

Geoff Roberts has danced with Woodside Morris Men and Chiltern Hundreds and most recently with Hexham Morris Men, Black Gate Morris, Rockhopper Morris and Amble Sword.

Geoff says “If there is a qualification for making Morris beasts, I don’t have it, but I have made two dragons and a horse. Originally I offered to make a more portable dragon (see picture) for Woodside Morris Men to take on our visit to Bensheim in Germany as the existing one was a bit unwieldy and heavy for the flight. Then I made another lightweight one to transport around. And then I made a real-life Giddy horse from the Giddy Up At Whitby book in order to produce a short film for Whitby@Home 2020.



  • Title: How to Make a Beast
  • Speaker: Geoff Roberts
  • Facilitator: Pauline Woods-Wilson
  • Type: talk
  • Date of talk: 23 January 2021
  • Date page published: 25 April 2023

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