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May 18th, 2014

Bigger hammer

Punch and Judy Puppets

A couple of years ago a client commissioned me to carve some wooden puppets for a Punch and Judy show. Not the two stars of the show: understandably, as I had no prior experience at puppet making, he had those made by a top Punch and Judy puppet maker with many years of experience, and he let me loose on several of the 'extra' characters. Also I was only to do the wood carving, not the painting or costuming. I found this lack of control rather nerve-wracking, particularly the painting part, because a botched paint job can ruin even the best carving work. Something that made the task much trickier for me was that the pro was making his two puppets in parallel to mine so I didn't get to see them until it was too late to modify mine to match the scale or style of his puppets. Luckily the scale worked out fine, and the style is probably near enough that most people wouldn't notice the difference.

For reasons too boring to go into, I haven't had the opportunity until now to photograph the completed puppets. Photos behind the cut...Collapse )