Week 1: Carve a Wooden String Puppet.

Carve a Wooden String Puppet.
28th July to 2nd August 2019.

Puppet workshop. Tutor: John Roberts. At: Dartington, Devon.

Aim
For you to learn how to make a carved wooden marionette.
Work from prototype drawings of a male or female marionette, with the aim to have a fully working, “standard” string puppet by the end of the week. You can add your own individually to the face, hands and detailed shaping of the body, but the basic shape will be set, so as to get into carving as quickly as possible. Alternatively carve any wooden puppet of your own design!.. be it string, rod or glove.
The days will be as intensive or relaxed as you choose to make it….. there will be beginners and experienced makers… but by keeping the numbers down to 7 at most – individual needs will be catered for. Each person’s level of skill, aim and speed-of-working can be accommodated. You could aim to make a complete puppet … which is a lot to do within the week… or you can work at a more leisurely pace. You should at least go away with all the bits and knowledge to complete a truly unique and beautiful puppet.
Extra week: If you want to guarantee to have a completed puppet, fully painted and costumed, think about booking on an extra week. There is a £50 reduction in the fee for the second week. A great week to come on is Week 3… as it ends in a performance.

Aspects that will be covered:
Design of a puppet; Safe handling of tools; Working with wood; Sharpening chisels; Construction and jointing techniques that produce a puppet that really works!

Method.
The methods used are versatile, fast and require minimum tools or equipment…… you can use this method without the need for a bench, vice or electrical tools…. using only a sturdy table and some hand tools.
Stools are provided, but much of the work is done standing at a workbench.
It is unique combination of Chinese and European puppet techniques.
i.e. Freehand carving using very fine chisels is done in China with no pre-design or cutting out of the wood. John has combined this very fast technique with the more considered method used throughout Europe – designing a puppet first on paper…. transferring this to the wood …. using a saw to cut accurate profiles before carving begins.

For adults: Not for anyone under 18 years old.

Provided:
All tools, wood and other odds and ends will be supplied. Some specialist tools will be available for sale at the end of the week.
Tea and coffee and juice will be provided.

Timetable:
First day: Sunday: Start at 1pm. End 6pm.
Monday: 9.30am to 5.30pm.
Tuesday: 9.30am to 5.30pm. Evening session for those who want to work on till 8pm.
Wednesday: 9.30am to 5.30pm.
Thursday: 9.30am to 5.30pm. Evening session for those who want to work on till 7pm…Then maybe get a takeaway meal.
Friday: Start 9.30am to 5.30pm. END

Where?
Rudolf Steiner School, Dartington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6AB. In a light, workshop-studio space, set in the beautiful Devon countryside. The facilities are simple, a bit rustic/rough, but perfect for working with wood.  There is a covered outdoor space to use too. It is a 150 yard walk to toilets.

Travel.
By car, or by train to Totnes which is on the main line train from London (3 hours). A taxi from Totnes station costs about £13. Book your taxi in advance!

Accommodation is available at many B+B’s. Typically a single costs from £30 to £60 per night.
Do sort your accommodation as soon as you can as this is a busy time of year in Devon.
I have a list of places past students have stayed at. Let me know if you want this list.
Visit Totnes website has some accommodation listed.
If you do not have your own transport, book accommodation that is near Dartington or Staverton, or on the bus route between Totnes and Buckfast (Stagecoach bus route 88).
Camping and Caravan: Please contact me for details.

Food (not included): There are pubs and shops within 5 minutes by car.
Sight seeing and entertainment: You will be 15 minutes drive from Dartmoor, 45 minutes from beaches, 10 minutes from an excellent cinema on the Dartington Hall Estate, where there is also the Dartington International Summer School of Music which starts the following week.

Cost: Course fees £400.
This includes all materials and use of all tools. Accommodation and food is not included.
The course may be cancelled due to not enough students booking or unforeseen events….illness of tutor etc. – then naturally your payment, including deposit will be fully refunded.
Best wishes and I hope to see you in the summer…John

To book your place on this course please copy the Booking Form below into a document … fill it in and email or post it to me along with your deposit.

BOOKING FORM
Puppet workshop. Carve a Wooden String Puppet.
Week 1: 28th July to 2nd August 2019.
Tutor: John Roberts. At: Dartington, Devon.

Please confirm that you are 18 years old or over………………………………
Name:……………………………………………………………………………………..
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Telephone:………………………………………………..
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It would be useful to know you previous experience:
Working with wood …………………………………………………………………………………..

Puppet making …………………………………………………………………………………………

Other craft work ………………………………………………………………………………………

Will you have your own transport?………………………..
Do you have any needs that I should know about?………………………..


Course fees: £400.
To include all materials. Accommodation and food is not included.
Deposit of £100 to be paid now to secure your place on the course (non-refundable unless a replacement student is found.)
Ideally pay by BACs to Yellow Van Ltd. Account 59005114. Sort code 60-21-48.
BIC: NWBK GB 2L.   IBAN: GB59 NWBK 6021 4859 0051 14.

Or pay by cheque payable to Yellow Van Ltd,1 Venton Oak Cottages, Dartington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6DW. U.K. (Yellow Van is my educational side!)

Balance due by 1st July 2019.
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A receipt will be sent as confirmation of your booking, and final details and directions will be sent in July.
The course may be cancelled due to not enough students booking or unforeseen events….illness of tutor etc. – then naturally your payment, including deposit will be fully refunded.
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Sharp hand tools will be used.
Whilst John Roberts will endeavour to give instructions to ensure safe use of the materials and tools, people attending the course do so at their own risk and will not be covered for injuries unless caused by negligence of John Roberts, or through accidental injury by other course members. PuppetCraft/Yellow Van does have public liability insurance cover.
Please sign here as agreement to the above. ……………………………………………………………..

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John Roberts
PuppetCraft and Yellow Van, 1 Venton Oak Cottages, Dartington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6DW. Great Britain.
Tel: 01803-867778 e mail: john@puppetcraft.co.uk
Mobile: 07973 442253 international phoning: + 44 1803 867778

 

 

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