We are a UK based marionette puppet shop. Here you can buy hand made marionettes (string puppets) from a variety of talented marionette makers not only from the UK but from around the world. We make and source only the finest string puppets for our store.
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.
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.
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.
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
The second tutorial project is now ready to buy. It is on special offer until the end of February for the amazing price of just $9.99. Yours to stream or download whenever you choose. Follow the link on the video to buy.
We have some more of our Skeletons in stock ready for Christmas. These are very popular so get in quick. We also have a couple of Dragons in stock. This is a new design from Ales and they are quiet cute. made from the same special casting resin as the skeletons they are available in green or red