Hollywood prop maker turns to fabricating face shields

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Prop maker Rob West (far right background) and fellow volunteers make protective face shields. Photo credit: Mike Nelson.

Rob West usually spends his days building sets and making props. But when the pandemic hit, he started using his skills to devise and manufacture reusable face shields for medical personnel. He got other Hollywood freelancers on board and created LA Face Shields. It’s a volunteer effort, and West  would like to get back to paid work soon. But he’s not sure the industry is ready. West talks about running his face shield-making operation out of a well-stocked American Legion bar, and explains how he’s been able to get vital PPE to more than 40 LA-area medical facilities.



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