Here's a few pics of the raw stuff of puppets. Blocks of aluminum, that get cut down into armature blocks. A slow, agonizing process that produces blisters on my hands. Every muscle in my body aches for weeks afterwards. I suffer and suffer. Ok, there is a slight chance I am exaggerating a bit.
Without a drill press, making aluminum armatures is not only difficult, it's down right nearly impossible. I love my drill press. Nothing like drilling through metal to make you feel like a MAN. Unless you are a woman, in which case it makes you feel like a WOMAN.