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« on: July 26, 2014, 10:49:58 pm »

I was wondering if any one here knows what this type controller is and how it is used. Thanks for looking.
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2014, 06:09:41 am »

Well it looks to be a variation on a classic horizontal airplane control.  Looks to me to be the basic controls for a marionette. Tracked down the name in the upper right corner of the company and they have a website. http://www.castironcarousel.org/ Maybe they could provide more information.
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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2014, 12:17:28 pm »

Thank you.
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2014, 12:06:03 pm »

This is a control I have been developing for almost 20 years. It started out as a Dwiggins control in the late 1990's and, because of arthritis in my wrists, I evolved it to be more ergonomic. I believe I have made several advancements over the 26 iterations including the adjustable belaying pins for holding strings.

Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2014, 05:03:10 pm »


Hey welcome to Puppets and Stuff and thanks for chiming in on this. 

So do you sell these controls or plans for them?  The smaller image seems to indicate that you may sell plans. Sure folks would be interested in where they could get them if you do.
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2015, 07:17:14 am »

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Robert T.
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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2015, 06:25:25 pm »

Hello all- Did anyone ever find out if the (readable) plans are available for this controller?  Does the gentleman who created the controller have the plans for sale?
I thank you in advance for your reply.

Robert T.
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2015, 06:42:44 am »

I don't believe that Geahk has been back to the site recently you might want to use their contact page to see if you can get more information. http://www.castironcarousel.org/contact
Robert T.
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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2015, 06:52:09 am »

Yes- I did go to "Cast In Iron" Site and sent an inquiry. Awaiting a response.  Thank you.
Robert T.
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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2015, 08:22:51 am »

Hello all-

Being new to this exciting hobby I have spent hours at the library and on the internet researching anything I can find on marionettes.  There is a lot of information on designing, building, etc.etc. etc.  There is also a lot of info on different kinds and styles of controllers. Three string to 15+ strings.

However- I have not been able to find any instructional or example videos of someone actually using a controller.  Explaining how they achieve multiple movements of their figure.  How they move their hands to different positions to achieve the effects they are after.

Maybe I am not looking in the right places.  I hope you understand where I am going with this- any leads would be appreciated.
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2015, 04:29:17 pm »

I've replied to your other post on this subject with the one video that is available. Again since manipulation is so dependent on where strings are placed it is really hard to give a definitive answer to your question.  The video I posted for you though goes a long way in in explaining the basic concept.
Robert T.
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« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2015, 05:23:14 pm »

As I said- I did end an email to "CastironCarousel' in regards to the Controller.  Have a funny feeling I'm not going to get a response. I guess you never know till ya try.
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2015, 08:47:24 am »

You might find this useful;


Their marionettes and controllers are absolutely beautiful and a real pleasure to use.

I have used and own a wide variety of controllers as most of my marionettes have been bought/ commissioned rather than built. I have rebuilt the controllers on some of the marionettes I own and adjusted others because they didn't quite provide the movement I wanted or just weren't very good. My first steps into the marionette world were incredibly frustrating with a steep learning curve! One thing I would say if you are just starting out building or looking to purchase a marionette is don't worry too much about getting a specific style of controller and think more about what you want the marionette to do and finding someone that understands movement and motion well. 
Robert T.
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« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2015, 03:47:23 pm »

Well said.  Wish there were more instructional videos giving tips and pointers on using controllers.  Thanks again.
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