The first Hobgoblin Hill Puppet made in 1987
was Mr. Punch, as historical as could be, with
hand-carved, jointed hardwood hands and legs,
and a papier-mâché head. His costume, modeled
after an eighteenth century puppet, was bright
The original has been retired in favor
of an entirely wood carved Punch. From this beginning
came dozens and dozens more -- giants, dragons,
crocodiles, warriors, kings, princesses, wizards--
all sorts of characters and animals. The newer
ones are now carved entirely out of wood. They
are subject to less "wear and tear"
than the papier-mâché specimens.
is made with the same care and research as the
first. They are all designed to last for centuries--
sturdy hardwoods (Maple, Mahogany, Ebony, and
Rosewood to name a few), silks, antique laces,
strong cottons; often glass eyes and real leather
go into their construction. Each puppet is considered
a work of art. Some have been known to take 40
hours or more for completion. They immediately
become part of the Hobgoblin Hill family and are
seldom sold. However, many have found their way
temporarily into exhibitions and arts grant workshops.