Book on Carving a Marionette

PUPPET CARVING BOOK.
At last, after over a year’s work, my book “Carve a marionette” is ready for printing.
I have been wanting to do this for around 30 years and at last I have cleared my workshop and diary to get this done.
This is a step-by-step guide on how to carve a wooden marionette.
Detailed instructions, illustrations and photographs show the design, carving, jointing and stringing of a human-shaped marionette. The aim is for the reader to make a beautiful puppet that works really well. The puppet is made using traditional, tried and tested materials and techniques that can be used to make different sizes, styles and types of puppet. Making a carved puppet in this way is enjoyable, challenging and rewarding.

The book covers:

  • Principles of designing a wooden marionette.
  • What tools and materials are needed.
  • How to use chisels safely and get them super-sharp.
  • What woods to use.
  • How to refine and paint the puppet, put it on strings and bring it to life.
  • Ideas on costume, hair and eyes.

It will be a book to use in a workshop. It will have:

  • thick paper pages in a 2-ring binding, so the pages will lie flat when opened, and can be removed for easy use.
  • a hard cover and spine, so it can be put on a bookshelf without collapsing.
  • 180 pages with 670 black and white photos, 14 colour photos and 78 drawings.

The page size is just over A5 landscape, which is a good size to fit on a bench. Cover size: about 25cm x 20cm (10 inches x 8 inches).

I am self-publishing the book. It is about to go to the printers and will be ready for posting by the end of October.
The more that are printed the cheaper they will be. I aim to get the price down to around £37 to £45. So I need to get an idea of how many to print. Postage and packaging to UK will be around £7 and to USA around £19.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN BUYING THIS BOOK. Send me an email with subject PUPPET BOOK. admin@puppetcraft.co.uk
I will email you when the book is available.

Many thanks, John Roberts

John is renowned as a skilled maker of finely crafted puppets, with a particular interest in marionettes. For ten years he was a director at the famous Little Angel Theatre in London, touring around the world performing at festivals and seeing the best contemporary and traditional puppetry. In 1986 he became the first non-Chinese person to train in making and performing in China at the amazing Quanzhou Puppet Theatre. He is director/founder of Devon-based puppet troupe PuppetCraft.
For over 30 years John has taught puppet carving to adults.
Past students say: “An inspirational teacher… Most enjoyable…Excellent course…This man knows his onions…”
www.puppetcraft.co.uk

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