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« on: February 28, 2009, 11:31:30 am »

Hi everybody,

I going to learn to carve the marionettes and I'm looking to buy me a good set of  Pfeil Swiss made carving tools. Does anyone knows a good adress because over here they will cost me a fortune!

I'm also looking for the book of Peter Fraser: introducing puppetry.

Thx for any help.

Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2009, 12:14:46 pm »


I was searching for you and I need to know what size carving tools you need. They are beginner sets and advanced sets.

as for your book here goes................................... Undecided


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Ray DaSilva's Puppet Books Online

then. Bookfinder.com


Billy D.
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2009, 02:30:02 pm »

Hi Billy,

I asked the puppetbuilder who will learn me how to carve and he told me that I will need about a 20 pieces to start with. So I think its not a beginners set of 6.   Shocked... and there will be a lot more to buy... but I can say that my hands want to start  spin

Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2009, 02:53:41 pm »

I did find this information from http://www.chippingaway.com/

Many years ago Pfeil agreed to give the original owners of Woodcraft Stores exclusive selling rights of Swiss Made tools for all of USA.  Unfortunately Chipping Away, nor any other US dealer or  store, can sell Swiss Made tools within the USA.  We truly regret not being able to accomodate you, but out of respect for Pfeil and Woodcraft we will not break our commitment to abide by their agreement.  We are happy that we can sell to Canadian and International customers.

I did not realize how expensive these tools are.................................  just as hand made knives are great tools to a chef ( Myself being a retired one ). I can see how these would be valuable to someone working with wood. I hope you get the tools you need.............. I't seems as if Woodcraft.com is the only place to buy them. I did see a few on EBay but nothing to get excited about.

Billy D.
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2009, 07:31:54 am »

Try Dover books for the Peter Frasr Book. I am sure I saw it there but am not sure of their shipping-Steve
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2009, 07:44:20 am »

Whoops, wrong book. They have the Mable and Les Beaton book on Marionette making. This is one of the best books on the subject, though. it is WWW.Doverpublications.com. If you can't find it new, I do have a copy of peter Fraser bocks. One is a puppet circus and I can't remember the name of the other one.
Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2009, 08:09:20 am »

Maybe this will help  Smiley




Billy D.
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2009, 09:45:32 am »

I have this book. Good resource.
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2009, 10:32:19 am »

Good to start on some carved marionettes...I have these titles
that gives construction process..you can try to get from libraries in your country
or get it from amazon.

1. A manual of Puppetry by R.B.Inverarity (free down loadable chek the link in books section ..i have posted in P&S)
2. The Marionette by George Merten
3. More performing toys by Alice White (suggests tools,equipments plus making process using junk & wastes).
4. Practical Puppetry by John Mulholland
5. Simple Puppetry by Sheila Jackson. (simple wooden puppets are illustrated)
6. Learning with puppets practical guidelines for Primary & Middle schools by David Currell.(his illustrations are simple)
7. An Introduction to Puppets & Puppet making by David Currell (1994 reprint in papaerback) (very well illustated & worth keeping).
8. The complete book of Marionettes by Mabel
9. Marionettes how to make & work them by Helen Fling
10. Marionette source book Theory & Technique by Luman Coad

David Currell's latest book on Marionettes may be a useful guide. Chek on amazon.

Best wishes for your first carved marionette..will look forward to see the picture of the finished puppet.


« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2009, 12:47:52 pm »

I want to thank all of you for the usefull tips!!!

 hug Johan
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« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2009, 01:52:20 am »

I got the Mabel and Les Beaton book from a Spanish web store devoted to puppetry http://www.troposlibreria.com/. Here is the link for the book (13 €) http://www.troposlibreria.com/libro.php?bid=186 . Just let me know if you would need help with  the language

Regarding the tools, I guess if it wouldn't be a good idea to start with a beginners set, until you get used to work with the tools, and so avoid wrong employment to the good set
Steve C
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2009, 08:02:59 pm »

there is a copy of the Mabel and Les Beaton book on Ebay right now for $6.99 US buy it now...this is where i got my copy of it for the same price
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« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2009, 12:35:01 pm »

I am going on a Marionette Carving Course in July. I have the book "Puppet Circus" by Peter Fraser which I am carefully studying now. The course is run by the London Puppet School and takes place in Yorkshire.
StiqPuppet Productions
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2009, 12:51:51 am »

Hope you come back and share your skills and pictures of your work from the course.....it sounds like a great opportunity......wish I could get something like that happening here in my province.  Huh?

Daryl H
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