1. Do you give discounts to churches or other ministries?
Yes and no. Most of my clientele are churches, some sort of public-service organization like Police or Fire departments, and/or not for profit groups. It would be unfair for me to determine
who's ministry or organization deserves a discount and who's
doesn't. However, I keep ALL of my prices as low as possible so that everyone can get equally low prices.
2. How soon can I get my puppets?
There are a lot of variables that play a role in project deadlines. The majority of incoming orders are custom made and I ask that you allow
at least 6 weeks for delivery. It can, and likely will, be shipped sooner!
Some variables would include the time of year when placing your order; obviously holidays may be more booked than say January or February. Also, I try to keep most popular supplies in stock, however if you order a puppet that requires a special wig, custom clothing, etc. then supply shopping and shipping times will have to be considered in the time allowed to complete your order.
I ship USPS usually via Priority Mail with online tracking anywhere in the USA, unless otherwise asked. Keep that, and your distance from
my location here in Creston, North Carolina in mind.
You can always request a rush order for an additional cost. This does not mean it becomes an overnight shipment, it is simply an "over time" charge for my extra time working evenings and/or weekends so that your project skips in line to be sent out sooner than existing orders. Overnight shipping is
also available at an additional cost.
3. Can I tour your workshop? You may be surprised
to hear that many puppet builders work from space in their homes. Often,
conditions are such that it's more like a warehouse instead of the glamorous show
room that you may envision. Such is the case with my shop, it's very much lived
in. Bolts of fabric, shelves lining the walls of various supplies, tools,
tables, extension, cords.... you get the idea =)
4. How can I make one of your puppets?
I'm glad that you want to make your own puppets, and wish you the best. However, being that it is my livelihood, information on the construction and ingredients of my copyrighted product is not available to the public.
A good start for you would be to visit our Puppet Making page to start your research and practice, practice, practice! I have provided dozens of helpful tips, known patterns, diagrams, tutorials, and other helpful guides to help you in your journey.
**~ You might be surprised that the purchase of a pattern, fabric, foam, and supplies do more damage to your wallet. Unless you have time (and
money) to spend on the trial and error of amateur puppet building, you may find that your best bet is buying some great looking
quality puppets from me and put your efforts towards other aspects of your
project instead. Its your
5. What is the difference between a 16" hand puppet
and a 26" professional puppet?
Other than size, these two types of puppets have a few other differences. The 26" professional puppet has a foam base head and body covered with fabric. Included in the price is one metal style rod arm controller that goes inside a rod receiver mechanism that is hidden inside the puppets hand. Basically, this means that the rod arm controller is removable and the type that professional puppeteers use. Also, this size puppet can wear clothing from any children's department that is sized for a 3 or 4 year old child.
The 16" hand puppet has a foam base head that is
covered with fabric just like the larger puppets. However, the body does not have a foam
structure like the larger puppet. Another difference is that the arm rods are wooden and have a rubber band that wrap around the puppets wrist. The rubber bands are transparent, but the wooden rod is a little more visible to the audience than the metal one is. Also, the 16" puppet comes standard with a permanent shirt, but a custom outfit can be made for a little more money, or you could purchase small outfits made for teddy bears as some of those will fit these smaller puppets.
Workshop would be a good source for finding a wide variety of clothing,
accessories, & shoes in an appropriate size for the 16" puppet product
line as well. If you don't have a store located in your area, the direct web
link above or eBay
would be a good place to purchase these items online.