Christmas 2016 - Ordering Info

Here are the details for Christmas orders 2016 - As usual ordering as soon as possible is a good idea as some items will sell out quickly. We do have more puppets being made now so some items will be back in stock at the beginning of December.

For UK customers 3pm  - 22nd December last date for guaranteed delivery

EUROPE -  Please select COURIER option for 2/3 working day delivery.

USA and CANADA -DATE PASSED FOR AIRMAIL -. Please select COURIER option for 2/3 working day delivery.
 

MEET OUR MAKERS - PART 5 - DAVID LEECH (PELHAM PUPPETS)

David Leech - Pelham Puppets

David Leech - Pelham Puppets

David Leech has been involved with puppets and puppet theatre from a very young age and has produced and presented shows in theatre and television in the UK, Canada, USA and Spain.

He is editor of the Newsletter for the British Puppet & Model Theatre Guild and has always specialised in making marionettes for the professional stage and television as well as producing puppets for children to use and play with.

Each puppet is made with the same skill and care as the original puppets that you may remember from your own childhood. Each face is painted individually, so you can be sure that no two puppets will ever be exactly the same.

David continues the tradition of using recycled materials for puppet making, just as Bob Pelham did in 1947. All the puppets are made from components and items originally produced for some other purpose!

The heads are still wooden spheres, the feet are still made from toggles and the bodies are made from banister rails. Legs and arms are made from dowelling, (for the prototypes he used broom handles, but the quality of the timber was not good enough for puppet making.)

The “t- shape” control bars are the same style and size as used for the original ‘Type LS’ or animal control bars so that children as young as five or six can manage them, (under supervision at first) but are designed to have a range of movements and control to appeal to older children as well, should they want to develop the hobby and stage shows at home or as part of a school project.

Christmas 2015 Ordering

Its getting near that time of year again and here are the latest shipping dates for in stock orders.

For UK customers 3pm  - 22nd December last date for guaranteed delivery

EUROPE - 1pm  - TUE - 15th December - last date for expected delivery

USA and CANADA -  FRI - 13th December - last date for expected delivery via airmail. Please select COURIER option for 2/3 working day delivery after this date
 

MEET OUR MAKES - PART 4 - TONY SINNETT

Tony is a woodcarver, puppetmaker and puppeteer. He specialises in wooden carved marionettes and has travelled as a puppeteer on tv and film projects.
He also teaches marionette making and woodcarving from his small workshop near Henfield in West Sussex (UK). He is a member of British UNIMA and The British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild.
His marionettes are sought after and are bought by collectors from around the world.

New Marionettes

We have a few new wooden carved puppets in store. A witch, a princess and a little dog. The dog is available in a couple of sizes and can be painted with different colours if you wish,  just get in touch to discuss

Christmas 2014 Deliveries

With Christmas fast approaching we will be looking at these latest shipping dates for in stock orders.

For UK customers 3pm  - 23rd December last date for guaranteed delivery

EUROPE - 1pm  -TUE - 16th December - last date for expected delivery

USA and CANADA -  - Please contact us for expedited shipping costs
NO LONGER EXPECTED BEFORE CHRISTMAS ON NORMAL AIRMAIL  - as of 10/12/2014

REST OF THE WORLD- - Please contact us for expedited shipping costs
NO LONGER EXPECTED BEFORE CHRISTMAS ON NORMAL AIRMAIL  - as of 8/12/2014

We can of course arrange faster shipping for after these cut off dates but you will have to contact us to arrange

MEET OUR MAKERS - PART 3 - ALES MERTL

Ales is a woodcarver and puppetmaker from the Czech Republic, he lives in the small town of Jilove - with his wife and children.

He carves lovely marionettes but casts some of them for us (skeletons and birds) to make for more affordable puppets.

 skeleton and birds and also casts originals into more affordable puppets

Hand Puppet Commission

Special Commission - Wizard Hand Puppet (wooden)

Special Commission - Wizard Hand Puppet (wooden)

Would you like a puppet deisgn we don't currently make?
No problem, be it a marionette or a hand puppet we can make wooden puppets to your designs or ideas. Here's one we completed (courtesy of Vaclav and Marcela) for a customer in the USA.

Please contact us and we can build you your puppet.

Carving Wooden Puppets - Project 2

www.carvingpuppets.com - make a wooden hand puppet

www.carvingpuppets.com - make a wooden hand puppet

Project 2 in my series is nearly finished. This tutorial will show you how to carve a wooden hand puppet. It does require a little sewing as well.

The puppet I make is a pirate but I will be including a pattern for a cat if you prefer.

Meet our Makers - Part 1 - Richard Kuklik

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Richard Kuklik 

Richard makes most of our small and medium marionettes from his workshop in prague.

Richard's marionettes are reminiscent of the oldest traditional Czech marionettes. A curiously careful mix of stylisation, exaggerated but effective features, hand-sewn detailed clothes and a surprisingly subtle expression (usually of wise wit or happy content) is required to take on the mantle of a century-old art-form. The result is a unique traditional marionette made affordable by an extremely well-tuned team production. Again and again, Richard's marionettes star in family-run theatres all over the Czech Republic, fueling the slowly reappearing reproductions of fairy tales and legends performed by wandering marionette actors or as bed-time stories.