As well as performing the show, I also restore, design and build puppets, props and puppet theatres for other performers and collectors.

Please remember that these products are all hand made to order, the paint takes time to dry/harden and I ‘fit’ the making in around performances. I never rush them to get them finished - patience is a virtue!

PUPPETS


The majority of the puppets I make are ‘traditional’ Punch & Judy puppets.

These are hand carved using well seasoned ’Lime’ wood from Minchinhampton in Gloucestershire. ‘Noses and Chins’ are made from ‘Ash or Oak’ wood and pegged in.

The paints I use are CRAFTMASTER Sign-writers Enamel.

Two or three coats of a ‘Matt’ varnish is used with just the eyes and top lip having a coating of gloss.

I also sew all the costumes which are all lined with Calico.

Sign-Painting & Puppet Theatre Frontage


I design show-front signs and proscenium arches which I ‘traditionally’ paint. I use good quality ‘Birch’ Plywood then Primer and Craftmaster high build undercoat are used as base coats. Getting a smooth surface on which to paint the design is essential. I mainly use One Shot Sign-writers Enamel for sign-writing work.

Signs can be varnished with a Matt, Satin or Gloss finish (proscenium arches have a matt finish).

Carving
Carving
Carving
Carving
Carving
Carving
Carving
Carving
Carving
Carving
Carving
Carving
Roughing out
Roughing out
Roughing out
Roughing out
Shaping
Shaping
Shaping
Shaping
Shaping
Shaping
Fitting nose
Fitting nose
Fitting nose
Fitting nose
Profile
Profile
Mr Punch
Mr Punch
Shaping
Shaping
Ready for painting
Ready for painting
Various heads
Various heads
Heads
Heads
Judy
Judy
Judy
Judy
Baby
Baby
Clown
Clown
Mr Punch
Mr Punch
Heads
Heads
Pegging the nose
Pegging the nose
In primer
In primer
In primer
In primer
In primer
In primer
In primer
In primer
In primer
In primer
In primer
In primer
In primer & undercoat
In primer & undercoat
In undercoat
In undercoat
Paint going on
Paint going on
Flesh colour going on
Flesh colour going on
Painted heads
Painted heads
Mr Punch
Mr Punch
Mr Punch
Mr Punch
Mr Punch
Mr Punch
Mr Punch
Mr Punch
Clown being painted
Clown being painted
Clown
Clown
Heads
Heads
Policeman (inspired by Guy's)
Policeman (inspired by Guy's)
Policeman
Policeman
Policeman
Policeman
Policeman painted
Policeman painted
Policeman
Policeman
Heads
Heads
Heads
Heads
Baby painted
Baby painted
Baby painted
Baby painted
Painted heads
Painted heads
Painted Mr Punch
Painted Mr Punch
Mr Punch's costume
Mr Punch's costume
My Mr Punch costume being made
My Mr Punch costume being made
Costumes ready to be sewn together
Costumes ready to be sewn together
Costumes being sewn together
Costumes being sewn together
Two Mr Punch's having their costumes made
Two Mr Punch's having their costumes made
Punch & Judy finished
Punch & Judy finished
Ready for action
Ready for action
The puppet troupe & maker
The puppet troupe & maker
Policeman finished
Policeman finished
Mr Punch
Mr Punch

PUPPET MAKING PHOTOS

Ready for painting
Ready for painting
Lettering marked
Lettering marked
First coat
First coat
Shadow
Shadow
Done
Done
Drying in the 'big' show
Drying in the 'big' show
Signs
Signs
Painted black board
Painted black board
Super Snails old sign
Super Snails old sign
Super Snails new sign
Super Snails new sign
Brushes
Brushes
Signwriting brush
Signwriting brush
Paint shop
Paint shop
Peep board
Peep board
Signwriting
Signwriting
Painting Puppets
Painting Puppets
Sales board
Sales board
Painted banner
Painted banner
Sign
Sign
Top part in primer
Top part in primer
First coats going on
First coats going on
Painted 'top' part of show
Painted 'top' part of show
Painted back drop
Painted back drop
Signs drying in show
Signs drying in show
Various signs
Various signs
Show frontage
Show frontage
Various signs
Various signs
Show frontage
Show frontage
Various signs
Various signs
Show frontage
Show frontage
Show frontage
Show frontage
Names
Names
Various signs
Various signs
Flatted back ready for next coat
Flatted back ready for next coat
Shop front
Shop front
Shop front
Shop front
Shop front
Shop front
Shop frontage
Shop frontage
Shop front first coat
Shop front first coat

PAINTING PHOTOS

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