David Leech has made puppets for TV, theatre and pantomime and can offer custom made, one-off puppets to order.
Should you wish to have a specific puppet made, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org with your initial enquiry. I will make a puppet tailored to your own specification and requirements and provide a no-obligation quote.
Generally speaking, bodies are made from wood and fully jointed. The Pelham Puppet style control is used unless another style/design is requested. Heads are made from a strong, long lasting paper mache supported by an internal wooden cross-bar.
Prices vary of course and range from around £95+ for a “Pelham size” (12”/30com tall) puppet up to around £1,000 for a larger working marionette.
Usually a deposit is required for work to commence and the balance payable once the work is complete. Once completed, you will receive a photograph of the puppet(s) and once payment has been confirmed it will be sent by “Tracked and Signed For” Royal Mail Special Delivery. (Larger puppets are occasionally sent by Parcel Force.)
If the price is more than £200 monthly instalments can be arrange to meet the final cost.
Lead time for production will also vary, but the aim is to complete the Order within two to three weeks. Although in the run up to Christmas time this may take longer.
If you require the puppet(s) by a certain date, please let me know at the time of initial enquiry and I will do my best to meet the agreed deadline.
Left: The Lonely Goatherd for a stage version of the Sound of Music Right: Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger. The boy and girl are approx 20 inches tall. Toad and Co are approx 15 inches tall.
Left: Santa, sleigh and reindeer Right: The Puppet “Beatles.” These puppets are Pelham size puppets and made from vintage Pelham Puppet parts. The Santa and reindeer set measure about five feet across from back of sleigh to the front of reindeer. They are all on individual controls attached to a master control for display purposes.
Bruce Forsyth Jimmy Tarbuck Tommy Cooper Sir Ken Dodd. These puppets are 18 inches tall and are part of a set of “Palladium Celebrity Marionettes” made for a customer’s personal marionette collection.
Left: Rod puppets of Peter Pan and Wendy and right: hand-operated Crocodiles, “Tick & Tock” for a pantomime. The rod puppets were for the flying sequences during the performance.
Mark Hill from a BBC 2 programme with a Pelham size puppet of himself – and a customer receives a puppet of himself for his 21st birthday!
Puppets of the presenters of the UK Channel 5 series “Big Brother” in 2016. These two puppets stand about 20 – 24 inches tall or 1/3 life size.
A fully working, 4- foot tall version of Bimbo the Clown. A fully jointed puppet who now greets visitors to his owner’s guest house in Scotland!
A 4- foot tall version of Sandy MacBoozle. A fully jointed puppet who now joins Bimbo in greeting visitors to their owner’s guest house in Scotland!
A set of dogs made in the likeness of the owner’s pets, “Peter,” “Harley” and “Tinkerbell.” They are made from paper-mache on wooden frames and stand about 8 inches tall.
These images only show a few of the puppets I have produced over the years. Although I specialise in making string puppets or marionettes, I will consider making rod, hand and simple operated ventriloqual puppets too. If you want a special puppet made, please email me with your idea and we can discuss your requirements with no obligation to commit to buying. Email: email@example.com
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