Pennyfoot

Pennyfoot Puppets

Woodstock, Canada · 21 Sales

Pennyfoot

Pennyfoot Puppets

Woodstock, Canada 21 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Welcome to Pennyfoot Puppets, a unique world of hand-carved wooden marionettes.

Our name, “Pennyfoot,” alludes to the Canadian penny that we proudly place in each marionette’s foot. Until 2012, when the Canadian government stopped minting the penny, the date of the penny showed the year in which the marionette was created. We’ve been using this “Pennyfoot” technique since 1975, when we first started making these unique wooden creations. Marionettes created after 2012 still have a Canadian penny, but we are unable to date the puppet.

Although we are both now retired, and sell most of our marionettes at local craft shows, our interest in marionette-making stems from our careers as teachers. Over the years, as our students wrote plays, we constructed more and more marionettes, until we had about a troop of 15 who regularly performed for our students’ friends and parents.

Together, we have spent the last thirty-five or so years slowly perfecting the patterns for our marionettes, so that each piece is carefully cut (51 pieces for each human), glued, carved, and sanded with care. We have designed both the bodies and the controls of all of the Pennyfoot Puppets and we are proud of the fact that they are both unique and easy to handle.

We continue to accept commissions. Our marionettes are now living in many places in Canada, the United States, and as far as Australia. Please contact us if you would like to commission a customized Pennyfoot Puppet.

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 25, 2016

Welcome to Pennyfoot Puppets, a unique world of hand-carved wooden marionettes.

Our name, “Pennyfoot,” alludes to the Canadian penny that we proudly place in each marionette’s foot. Until 2012, when the Canadian government stopped minting the penny, the date of the penny showed the year in which the marionette was created. We’ve been using this “Pennyfoot” technique since 1975, when we first started making these unique wooden creations. Marionettes created after 2012 still have a Canadian penny, but we are unable to date the puppet.

Although we are both now retired, and sell most of our marionettes at local craft shows, our interest in marionette-making stems from our careers as teachers. Over the years, as our students wrote plays, we constructed more and more marionettes, until we had about a troop of 15 who regularly performed for our students’ friends and parents.

Together, we have spent the last thirty-five or so years slowly perfecting the patterns for our marionettes, so that each piece is carefully cut (51 pieces for each human), glued, carved, and sanded with care. We have designed both the bodies and the controls of all of the Pennyfoot Puppets and we are proud of the fact that they are both unique and easy to handle.

We continue to accept commissions. Our marionettes are now living in many places in Canada, the United States, and as far as Australia. Please contact us if you would like to commission a customized Pennyfoot Puppet.

Doug-Phyllis Allen

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Doug-Phyllis Allen

Aaargh! the marionette
$150.00
A medical/dental professional
$150.00
Old man marionette
$150.00
Hockey player marionette
$150.00
Cock a doodle Rooster Marionette
$175.00
Holstein Cow Marionette
$175.00
Canadian Black Bear Marionette
$175.00
A Horse, of course!
$175.00
WOW! Rosie the Riveter Marionette
$150.00
Juggling Clown
$175.00
Juggling clown is ready to entertain
$175.00
Friendly pirate
$150.00
From the Fifties marionette
$150.00
Truthful marionette
$150.00
The Hunter marionette
$150.00

Reviews

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Ulysses Urquidi

Ulysses Urquidi on Apr 7, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I have two now... Fun to manipulate and play with. Recommended

Ulysses Urquidi

Ulysses Urquidi on Feb 12, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Wow! Wow! Love it and fun to use.

Ulysses Urquidi

Ulysses Urquidi on Feb 12, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Sooooo cute and great packing and really workable and kids love to see it. Recommended.

Ulysses Urquidi

Ulysses Urquidi on Feb 5, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Creative, fun, adorable creation and easy to manipulate. Great packaging and extra items.

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Updates

Preparing new stock for our fall craft shows.

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Friendly pirate
$150.00
This friendly pirate might not be too friendly!

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Friendly pirate
$150.00
Juggling clown

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Friendly pirate
$150.00
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About

It started with One

Pennyfoot Puppets began in the summer of 1974 when Doug decided to carve a marionette. That was Jeremiah. A second one followed, Esmerelda, after some tweaking of the original pattern. Phyllis wigged and clothed the marionettes and took them to school.

Puppet plays need more than 2 marionettes, so in the ensuing years, more puppets were created to fit the plays students wrote (high school as well as elementary). Then came the idea to sell them at local craft shows.

Meanwhile, the high school needed a Pinocchio for a dance and Doug created a 36 inch wooden marionette based on the pattern of the 18 inch puppets. This led to more 36 inch ones which are too heavy to string. These also were sold at craft shows (and, because of the weight, are very expensive to ship and hence, not sold on Etsy yet).

The next challenge was to design the animals and this is an ongoing project. So far it has been cows, horses, gorillas, bears, and of course, moose.

All of the marionettes are hand carved. The clothing is individually designed and sewed, and all of the wigs are done by hand. We have completed many custom orders in both sizes.

We have been making marionettes for a very long time, but we are not finished yet. It is too much fun to create something new (even though the sanding of the wood gets rather boring). We also enjoy going to craft shows to show people how to work marionettes. The older generations especially enjoy watching the puppets being worked and like to tell us about the marionette they had.

We are not finished yet. We have many more ideas just waiting to come out of the wood.

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  • Doug and Phyllis Allen

    Owner, Creator, Designer

Shop policies

Last updated on November 11, 2014
Welcome to Pennyfoot Puppets. Marionettes are for all ages.

In fact, many of our customers are adults! Many had one when they were a child and enjoy manipulating them once again.

Children enjoy working them also. We are often asked about what age a child should be to appreciate the marionette. Our answer is about 8 years old. However, many customers have bought marionettes for younger children and hang them as decoration and plan to let them use the marionette when they grow older.. That is why we developed a hanger for each marionette.

There is nothing we like more than to see the child or the adult who has fallen in love with one of our creations. We know that that marionette will be well cared for by that person.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
We now are able to accept Etsy gift cards.
Shipping
The added cost for shipping is necessary and we are not able to control that cost. All shipping is through Canada Post. If you would like a marionette faster, please e-mail and we will quote you an expedited shipping price.

If the marionette is to be shipped outside of Canada, please include your telephone number. This is required by Canada Post.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you have any issues with a marionette, please contact us right away to clear up any problems. Please make sure you read the unpacking instructions, so that the strings of the marionette do not become tangled. Often there is a simple solution to tangled strings.

If a problem is not cleared up after contacting us, the product can be returned and a full refund will be made when we receive the marionette.
Additional policies and FAQs
We are happy to help you out with your marionette at any time. Please feel free to contact us.

Please make sure to read the unpacking instructions.

Tip: if you should drop the controls of a marionette, do not pick them up quickly. Probably the strings will become tangled. Carefully look at the control and try to figure out how to pick it up so that most of the strings are correct. Usually one string is the key to untangling. Look for this one.