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Pennyfoot's Shop 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 will 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.

This shop accepts Etsy Gift Cards.