History of the Raven Studios PVC Dummy –
In 1993 I began studying Wing Chun Gung Fu. At that time I was working for a fabrication company (The Larson Co.) that made fake trees (among many other things) for zoos, museums and aquariums. We used various sizes of PVC pipe to fabricate the trunks of trees. The PVC pipe was covered with a thickened epoxy and the epoxy was textured to look like bark. Fabricated branches and leaves were then attached.
During my last year at Larson (1998, the same year I started Raven Studios) it occurred to me that the 8.5″ dia PVC pipe would be just the right size for a wooden dummy body. It would be very strong, lighter and much easier to make than wood, and therefor less expensive. It would be easier to transport and less expensive to ship as well. I started Raven Studios in 1998 and after experimenting with how PVC functioned as an alternative to a wooden dummy body, I sold my first PVC dummy in the year 2000.
Being very rugged, dependable and economical training tools, PVC dummies are now commonly used by Wing Chun practitioners all over the world.