Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Puppet Rap Video

A handful of my creations made it into Can't Stop Won't Stop's music video "NPR" as background dancers and as one of the main singers (this monster). My puppet building compadre, Randy McNair, not only built the square humanoid puppets, but he and his wife did the puppeteering!

Here's the video. Enjoy!

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Final Countdown

Timp Fest is this coming weekend, and we have been building like madmen! My little space is overflowing with puppets and puppet guts. It's like a horror film set. But we've gotten a lot of cute little critters out of the mess so I'm going to have a lot of posts coming blogger's way. I'll try to keep up the trend of posting once a week for the next little while, although school (my second to last semester) started today so my wife might have to take over.

One of the performances we're doing is Cinderella... with monsters. It should prove to be interesting.

Monday, August 24, 2015

A Very Villainous Rat

Timpanogos Storytelling Festival is in two weeks, and I realized that I never really posted any good shots of the rats from my "hairy tail of rat-punzel" show in 2013 (see this post). So, without further ado, I introduce the villain! I'll post photos of the other ratlings as I take them.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Puppets in Hyrule

More often than not when I’m building puppets for the fun of it I often just wing it. No designing, no planning, no nothin’. Sometimes it turns into a total mess (I have more than one unfinished puppet head in a box labeled “puppet graveyard”), and sometimes it turns into an unexpected success. This little guy – who looks very much like he just walked out of the kingdom of Hyrule – I think came out a success.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Dressing the Naked Hand

Long time no post! I have been actively pursuing a degree in computer animation and it has consumed my life for the last three years. And I still have one year to go!

But it hasn't been all computers. Recently, my compatriots Amy White, Mark Pulham, and I have put together a nifty little book on puppet building and performance. It's titled, "Dressing the Naked Hand:  The World's Greatest Guide to Making, Staging, and Performing with Puppets", and you can find it on Amazon so check it out!

Amazon - Dressing the Naked Hand

Thursday, August 28, 2014

New Additions

Introducing the newest member of our puppet building family! Here’s to hoping he won’t be sick of puppets by the time he’s 5!

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Our first child is due to join us on the 30th of this month, but he could decide to make his appearance any day now. In preparation, the wife and I thought it'd be a good idea to sort through our puppet inventory in an effort to make room.
So in our next series of posts you may see some familiar faces. We are brushing off, tightening up, and re-photographing puppets we love but no longer perform with and are making them available over at our etsy store at a discounted rate!
To start us off, I’d like to reintroduce you to one of my favorite creations, the purple werepuppet!