Wooden Marionettes: Making Puppets from Scratch

A course by Luděk Burian , Wood Carver and Marionette Maker

Wood Carver and Marionette Maker. Tabor, Czechia.
Joined May 2022

Learn sculpting and woodcarving techniques to design, build, and paint characterful marionettes

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  • 4444 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn sculpting and woodcarving techniques to design, build, and paint characterful marionettes

“A marionette can accompany you for a lifetime. And one day, a child may inherit it, knowing their grandparents made it. Only a few toys can compete with that.”

Luděk Burian is a wood carver specializing in marionettes. For him, a wooden puppet can be a toy, a piece of decorative art, or even a storytelling tool. He showcases his work in exhibitions and via social media as well as creating custom pieces for private clients.

In this online course, Luděk teaches you carpentry and carving techniques to build a puppet from scratch. Learn how to transform a block of wood into a human character full of life. Discover the wonderful world of marionettes and create puppets that inspire stories for generations to come.

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What will you learn in this online course?

19 lessons & 14 downloads

Tools and Materials
7 minutes, 11 seconds
From Sketch to Wood
13 minutes, 38 seconds
Rough Shapes
9 minutes, 38 seconds
Painting 1
13 minutes, 10 seconds
  • 100% positive reviews (107)
  • 4444 students
  • 19 lessons (4h 4m)
  • 14 additional resources (1 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Design, carve, and paint your own wooden marionette from scratch.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in making marionettes filled with personality.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is required.

In terms of materials, you will need a block of linden wood, a basic set of gouges, a knife, and other materials specified by the teacher in the course.


Reviews

4444 Students
107 Reviews
100% Positive ratings

Luděk Burian

A course by Luděk Burian

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Wood Carver and Marionette Maker

Luděk Burian is a wood carver from The Czech Republic specializing in marionettes. He first taught himself how to carve as a hobby in 2010. After studying at construction school and working for several years in the industry, he realized it wasn’t the vocation for him and decided to turn his passion for puppetry into a career.

Since then, he has showcased his work in a solo exhibition at a puppet gallery in Prague alongside crafting custom pieces for private clients. Luděk also shares his woodenworks of art and creative process with over 30K followers on Instagram.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    The Basics of Puppetry

    • Understanding the Marionette
    • Tools and Materials
    • From Sketch to Wood
  • U3

    Making the Puppet

    • Rough Shapes
    • How to Carve, Safety Tips, and Carving the Head 1
    • How to Carve, Safety Tips, and Carving the Head 2
    • How to Carve, Safety Tips, and Carving the Head 3
    • How to Carve, Safety Tips, and Carving the Head 4
    • Carving the Arms and Hands 1
    • Carving the Arms and Hands 2
    • Carving the Rest of the Puppet 1
    • Carving the Rest of the Puppet 2
    • Carving the Rest of the Puppet 3
    • Painting 1
    • Painting 2
  • U4

    The Last Steps and Beyond

    • Assembling
    • How to Use a Puppet
  • FP

    Final project

    • Wooden Marionettes: Making Puppets from Scratch

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Wooden Marionettes: Making Puppets from Scratch. Craft course by Luděk Burian

Wooden Marionettes: Making Puppets from Scratch

A course by Luděk Burian
Wood Carver and Marionette Maker. Tabor, Czechia.
Joined May 2022
  • 100% positive reviews (107)
  • 4444 students