PUPPET MASTERY WITH BERND OGRODNIK
ACADEMY OF THE WOODEN PUPPET

The ONLY comprehensive online experience, where you will be guided step-by-step from making fun and basic puppets to highly functional marionettes

Start carving figures and characters you never imagined you could make

Have you loved puppetry since childhood? Was it on your list of dream skill sets but you were always putting it into a box tagged as "someday"?


Or maybe you have been fascinated by handmade crafts that move and tell stories…


Or you've been performing live puppet shows, but never thought you could build your own creations…


Whether you're just starting out your journey with puppetry or you've been creating, woodcarving, and performing for years, here's the truth:

There has never been a better time to nurture your inner artist than now.

But

Many people think that art is just decoration. (And sadly, art is usually one of the first things to go in times of scarcity.) However, art is what keeps us going. It keeps the spirits up and offers inspiration when everything else seems bleak.


It provides beauty when the world seems to be focused on the negative.

The world needs your creative urges to flourish! The world needs you to create more magic and joy around you.

That is why we've created the Academy of the Wooden Puppet, and it's now open for enrollment.


The Academy is a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive step-by-step program created for beginners and professional puppeteers alike.


It will teach you many things beyond what you can find in any other program or book.

The creation of the Academy of the Wooden Puppets is built on Bernd Ogrodnik's successes and trials of an almost 40 years illustrious career exploring and enhancing the art of puppetry.

Not only will you find out how to carve and make puppets, you will also learn a different way of looking at life. You will start to observe the world around you in a new way. You will learn how to connect with your audience on a different level so hopefully… you can change your and their lives for the better.

From the bottom of our hearts and the intimacy of Bernd's studio here in Iceland straight to your living room/workshop, Bernd invites you to join him for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore the magical world of the wooden puppet.

"It was a self-journey for me to realize that I have abilities that I didn't really believe I had."

Yael Kandelman

"This course has given me confidence and the tools to be able to make things. And I never thought I would be able to do that."

Belinda May

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Academy of the Wooden Puppet Is an Experience of Your Own Design Where You Will Completely Immerse Yourself in the Fine Art of Wooden Puppet Making.

Each month, inside the Academy, not only will you learn to make beautiful wooden puppets from scratch, you'll ground your body, mind, and spirit by creating things with your hands.


You'll enhance your performance and storytelling skills, learn a ton, and have fun in the process. All of this is in the wonderful companionship of puppet enthusiasts from around the world.

Step by step you'll:

  • Learn the full spectrum of Bernd's teaching while building puppets according to your availability and skill level
  • Understand what kind of wood is best for your puppet so you can choose from the wood available in your region
  • Find out how to make advanced and highly functional marionettes, table-top, rod and hand puppets
  • Discover the secrets behind Bernd's innovative control mechanisms such as the ones featured in the epic ground-breaking movie "Strings" and his "one-handed" controls
  • Learn what you need to start creating expressive heads
  • Learn how to create expressive hands and feet
  • Learn how to make the most efficient and beautiful wood joints including the elbow, knee, and ball hip-joints
  • Find out the history of the various puppet styles
  • Understand the principles that various systems and techniques are grounded in
  • Apply all the knowledge gained to your own performances and puppet creation
  • Engage with a wonderful and supportive community of fellow students you will cherish for a long time
  • Optional: Receive an Academy Certification upon completion of the program

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Academy of the Wooden Puppet Is an Experience of Your Own Design Where You Will Completely Immerse Yourself in the Fine Art of Wooden Puppet Making.

Each month, inside the Academy, not only will you learn to make beautiful wooden puppets from scratch, you'll ground your body, mind, and spirit by creating things with your hands.


You'll enhance your performance and storytelling skills, learn a ton, and have fun in the process. All of that is in the wonderful companionship of puppet enthusiasts from around the world.

Step by step you'll:

  • Learn the full spectrum of Bernd's teaching while building puppets according to your availability and skill level
  • Understand what kind of wood is best for your puppet so you can choose from the wood available in your region
  • Find out how to make advanced and highly functional marionettes, table-top, rod and hand puppets
  • Discover the secrets behind Bernd's innovative control mechanisms like the ones featured in the ground-breaking movie epic "Strings" or his famed "one-hand" controls
  • Learn what you need to start creating expressive heads
  • Learn how to create expressive hands and feet
  • Learn how to make the most efficient and beautiful wood joints including the elbow, knee, and ball hip-joints
  • Find out the history of the various puppet styles
  • Understand the principles that various systems and techniques are grounded in
  • Apply all the knowledge gained to your own performances and puppet creation
  • Engage with a wonderful and supportive community of fellow students you will cherish for a long time
  • Optional: Receive an Academy Certification upon completion of the program

Here's what students in our community have to say:

Here's what students in our community have to say:

Meet Our Team

JIM JER SEY

JIM JER SEY

JIM JER SEY

Your Instructor — Bernd Ogrodnik

Bernd has been in the world of puppetry since 1986. He is the artistic director and co-founder of "Worlds of Puppets" and has served as the Master Puppeteer for the National Theater of Iceland.


Throughout the almost 40 years of his career, he has developed numerous groundbreaking designs for constructing puppets and their control mechanisms.

You won't find these gems in any books out there!

Puppetry has become his medium for fulfilling his purpose on earth. His mission is to elevate this medium and show how powerful puppets can be in everyday life.

After over 7000 live performances and touring all over Europe, Canada, the USA, Africa, and Asia as a performer, director, teacher, and lecturer, he now teaches in the online classroom of the Academy of the Wooden Puppet.


Mastery is a journey, not a destination, and he is dedicated to making this challenging journey meaningful and joyful.


Your explorations in the Academy will not only leave you full of knowledge and enthusiasm for the art of puppetry, but also enrich your life way beyond the realms of the puppets.


Bernd and his team are here to support you on this journey of becoming a great puppet builder so you can serve the world around you.


Join our colorful community that brings unity and healing to a chaotic world.

Assistant Instructor – Mark Blashford

During the course, Mark will assist you and encourage you on this journey. You will see him a lot as he posts new lesson updates and hosts some of the Q&A sessions.


Mark is a professional puppeteer and builder specializing in traditional puppet performance forms, including marionette, shadow, rod, and hand puppetry. As a trained puppet builder, he received his Master of Fine Arts in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut in 2017.

He has also studied in Germany, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, and Iceland with one-on-one instruction from Bernd Ogrodnik.


Mark has worked with many theaters in addition to The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival as an associate artist and Chicago Puppet Studio Coordinator. He now lives in Iceland and works full time with Bernd in the studios of Worlds of Puppets.

He also manages and performs with his own company, Rootstock Puppet Works.


His mission is to craft and perform puppet theater rooted in stories that promote mutual kindness and ecological awareness for the good of people and their environment.

Meet Our Team

JIM JER SEY

JIM JER SEY

JIM JER SEY

Your Instructor —
Bernd Ogrodnik

Bernd has been in the world of puppetry since 1986. He is the artistic director and co-founder of "Worlds of Puppets" and has served as the Master Puppeteer for the National Theater of Iceland.


Throughout the almost 40 years of his career, he has developed numerous groundbreaking designs for constructing puppets and their control mechanisms.

You won't find these gems in any books out there!

Puppetry has become his medium for fulfilling his purpose on earth. His mission is to elevate this medium and show how powerful puppets can be in everyday life.

After over 7000 live performances and touring all over Europe, Canada, the USA, Africa, and Asia as a performer, director, teacher, and lecturer, he now teaches in the online classroom of the Academy of the Wooden Puppet.


Mastery is a journey, not a destination, and he is dedicated to making this challenging journey meaningful and joyful.


Your explorations in the Academy will not only leave you full of knowledge and enthusiasm for the art of puppetry, but also enrich your life way beyond the realms of the puppets.


Bernd and his team are here to support you on this journey of becoming a great puppet builder so you can serve the world around you.


Join our colorful community that brings unity and healing to a chaotic world.

JIM JER SEY

JIM JER SEY

JIM JER SEY

Assistant Instructor –
Mark Blashford

During the course, Mark will assist you and encourage you on this journey. You will see him a lot as he posts new lesson updates and hosts some of the Q&A sessions.


Mark is a professional puppeteer and builder specializing in traditional puppet performance forms, including marionette, shadow, rod, and hand puppetry. As a trained puppet builder, he received his Master of Fine Arts in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut in 2017.

He has also studied in Germany, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, and Iceland with one-on-one instruction from Bernd Ogrodnik.


Mark has worked with many theaters in addition to The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival as an associate artist and Chicago Puppet Studio Coordinator. He now lives in Iceland and works full time with Bernd in the studios of Worlds of Puppets.

He also manages and performs with his own company, Rootstock Puppet Works.


His mission is to craft and perform puppet theater rooted in stories that promote mutual kindness and ecological awareness for the good of people and their environment.

"When I started this class, I considered myself an amateur woodcarver, but through this last year, Bernd has taught me to be able to say that I am a budding artist. I've created all of these puppets and they are mine. They are wooden puppets and they're going to be here long after my journey has ended."

Listen to Charles Hoffman explaining how the Academy of the Wooden Puppet works:

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"When I started this class, I considered myself an amateur woodcarver, but through this last year, Bernd has taught me to be able to say that I am a budding artist. I've created all of these puppets and they are mine. They are wooden puppets and they're going to be here long after my journey has ended."

Listen to Charles Hoffman explaining how the Academy of the Wooden Puppet works:

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How the Academy of the Wooden Puppet Works

  • Your puppet-building journey begins as soon as you enroll.
  • Each month, you'll receive 4 new lessons, released weekly.
  • There are 2 live Q&A sessions per month (you can either pre-submit your question or join live). The sessions will be recorded, so you can watch them anytime.
  • Learn at your own pace. As a student of the Academy, you have access to the library of lessons and the community on your timeline. Go as fast or as slow as you like.
  • Honoring different skill levels and time schedules, you have the choice of how many puppets you'll build. Many of the techniques apply to various puppet styles. You don't always have to create a complete puppet to learn a new style.

How the Academy of the Wooden Puppet Works

  • Your puppet-building journey begins as soon as you enroll.
  • Each month, you'll receive 4 new lessons, released weekly.
  • There are 2 live Q&A sessions per month (you can either pre-submit your question or join live). The sessions will be recorded, so you can watch them anytime.
  • Learn at your own pace. As a student of the Academy, you have access to the library of lessons and the community on your timeline. Go as fast or as slow as you like.
  • Honoring different skill levels and time schedules, you have the choice of how many puppets you'll build. Many of the techniques apply to various puppet styles. You don't always have to create a complete puppet to learn a new style.

Love from our students:

"The Academy has transformed my wooden puppetry dreams into reality."

From setting up an efficient workplace to learning how to make numerous styles of puppets, I am now filled with solid knowledge and as many tools and ideas to explore further. Bernd's professionalism and dedication offer more than a puppet class: a certain way to look at the world, a community of puppet lovers around the globe, and a true sense of the importance to share this art form further.


Maïté Agopian, Puppeteer

"This Academy changed my life."

When I signed up, I did it because it seemed so special to me that I could not pass it by, but I was sure I am not going to do anything with it afterward. I was sure it was not for me. But - I found out I was wrong - I found that this is what I want to do in my life (for now anyway :-) ) to serve the world with loving puppetry.

The projects were not easy for me (the Foundation Course was my first wood experience ever.) I learned that I can do things I did not believe I could. Learning to believe in my ability to do challenging things is a great lesson by itself.


Yael, now a Puppeteer

"I have always been intimidated by the mechanics of puppet building and have learned techniques and methods that will serve me in all my work for years to come."

Bernd Ogrodnik has created one of the most comprehensive courses ever given on the centuries-old craft of carving and creating wooden puppets. This is the class I have been searching for all my life.

This course covers everything one needs to know in order to create a variety of styles of puppets.

A Master teacher, Bernd freely shares his almost 40 years of knowledge of puppet-making with the next generation of artists interested in the ancient art of puppetry.

Anyone interested in the art of puppet building of all kinds would be wise to take this course, as Bernd shows you step-by-step how to create the character you want.

I cannot recommend this course strongly enough. If you want to elevate your work to new levels of excellence, let Bernd guide you and mentor your growth as an artist.

His generosity with his knowledge of puppet building can and will change your life.


Robert Beuth, Actor, and Artist

"Bernd encourages you to follow what calls you, what is yours, giving you so many possibilities to build and manipulate puppets."

When I decided to follow the Academy course I thought it was too much for me because I was in a hurry to become an art therapist as soon as possible.

Now I am so happy to be here because Bernd is a wonderful teacher and at first I thought "I can learn to make wonderful creatures", but the Academy is so much more! His teaching approach cares about our body, mind, and spirit. We share our puppets, ideas, errors, insights, and processes with a loving community of artists from all over the world.

Bernd encourages you to follow what calls you, what is yours, giving you so many possibilities to build and manipulate puppets. It is a deep, fun, complete, encouraging way to learn puppet mastery from a great master!


Silvia Caglio

Love from our students:

"The Academy has transformed my wooden puppetry dreams into reality."

From setting up an efficient workplace to learning how to make numerous styles of puppets, I am now filled with solid knowledge and as many tools and ideas to explore further. Bernd's professionalism and dedication offer more than a puppet class: a certain way to look at the world, a community of puppet lovers around the globe, and a true sense of the importance to share this art form further.


Maïté Agopian, Puppeteer

"This Academy changed my life."

When I signed up, I did it because it seemed so special to me that I could not pass it by, but I was sure I am not going to do anything with it afterward. I was sure it was not for me. But - I found out I was wrong - I found that this is what I want to do in my life (for now anyway :-) ) to serve the world with loving puppetry.

The projects were not easy for me (the Foundation Course was my first wood experience ever.) I learned that I can do things I did not believe I could. Learning to believe in my ability to do challenging things is a great lesson by itself.


Yael, now a Puppeteer

"I have always been intimidated by the mechanics of puppet building and have learned techniques and methods that will serve me in all my work for years to come."

Bernd Ogrodnik has created one of the most comprehensive courses ever given on the centuries-old craft of carving and creating wooden puppets. This is the class I have been searching for all my life.

This course covers everything one needs to know in order to create a variety of styles of puppets.

A Master teacher, Bernd freely shares his almost 40 years of knowledge of puppet-making with the next generation of artists interested in the ancient art of puppetry.

Anyone interested in the art of puppet building of all kinds would be wise to take this course, as Bernd shows you step-by-step how to create the character you want.

I cannot recommend this course strongly enough. If you want to elevate your work to new levels of excellence, let Bernd guide you and mentor your growth as an artist.

His generosity with his knowledge of puppet building can and will change your life.


Robert Beuth, Actor, and Artist

"Bernd encourages you to follow what calls you, what is yours, giving you so many possibilities to build and manipulate puppets."

When I decided to follow the Academy course I thought it was too much for me because I was in a hurry to become an art therapist as soon as possible.

Now I am so happy to be here because Bernd is a wonderful teacher and at first I thought "I can learn to make wonderful creatures", but the Academy is so much more! His teaching approach cares about our body, mind, and spirit. We share our puppets, ideas, errors, insights, and processes with a loving community of artists from all over the world.

Bernd encourages you to follow what calls you, what is yours, giving you so many possibilities to build and manipulate puppets. It is a deep, fun, complete, encouraging way to learn puppet mastery from a great master!


Silvia Caglio

Your Step-By-Step Journey Through the Academy of the Wooden Puppet

Foundation Module

Building a Solid Understanding and Base to Master the Academy

Designing and making your first wooden tabletop puppet

  • All the basic carving techniques
  • How to make a character drawing and how to transform it into a functional technical drawing
  • About the many tools of the trade and how to use them safely
  • About wood and its qualities
  • How to create a strong puppet character

Module 1

Hand-Puppets – Rooted in Folklore, Destined to Entertain

Find out which puppet styles you will be exploring during this year.

  • Learn how to make simple generic heads to help you save time
  • Learn how to make simple and advanced hand puppets

Module 2

Rod-Puppets – From Ancient Sacred Roots to Modern Innovations

Make three very different and unique rod-puppets

  • Find out the principle of "three-point attachment"
  • Create simple wood/leather joints
  • Create expressive hands

Module 3

Tabletop-Puppets – Master Tools for the Storyteller

Make an advanced tabletop-puppet

  • Learn how to create beautiful and highly functional wooden joints
  • Learn how to create a "ball-joint"
  • Learn how to make the "one-hand tabletop control"

Module 4

Discovering Marionettes and the Dance With Gravity

Gain a basic understanding of creating highly functional marionettes.

  • Learn how to make a scarf marionette
  • Learn how to make simple human and animal marionettes
  • Learn how to make "stationary" marionettes

Module 5

Further Insights to Constructions and Control Techniques of Marionettes

Deepen your understanding of the noble marionette.

  • Learn how to make a "geodesic puppet"
  • Learn how to make an advanced one-hand controlled marionette

Module 6

Mastering the Mighty Queen of Marionette Puppetry

In this module, everything you have learned so far will assist you in making a fully jointed advanced marionette as featured in the movie "Strings".

  • Learn about various advanced joints and control systems
  • Find out how to correctly add weight and balance your puppet
  • Explore advanced eye mechanisms
  • Apply all your new knowledge on your ongoing journey

Your Step-By-Step Journey Through the Academy of the Wooden Puppet

Foundation Module

Building a Solid Understanding and Base to Master the Academy

Designing and making your first wooden tabletop puppet

  • All the basic carving techniques
  • How to make a character drawing and how to transform it into a functional technical drawing
  • About the many tools of the trade and how to use them safely
  • About wood and its qualities
  • How to create a strong puppet character

Module 1

Hand-Puppets – Rooted in Folklore, Destined to Entertain

Find out which puppet styles you will be exploring during this year.

  • Learn how to make simple generic heads to help you save time
  • Learn how to make simple and advanced hand puppets

Module 2

Rod-Puppets – From Ancient Sacred Roots to Modern Innovations

Make three very different and unique rod-puppets

  • Find out the principle of "three-point attachment"
  • Create simple wood/leather joints
  • Create expressive hands

Module 3

Tabletop-Puppets – Master Tools for the Storyteller

Make an advanced tabletop-puppet

  • Learn how to create beautiful and highly functional wooden joints
  • Learn how to create a "ball-joint"
  • Learn how to make the "one-hand tabletop control"

Module 4

Discovering Marionettes and the Dance With Gravity

Gain a basic understanding of creating highly functional marionettes.

  • Learn how to make a scarf marionette
  • Learn how to make simple human and animal marionettes
  • Learn how to make "stationary" marionettes

Module 5

Further Insights to Constructions and Control Techniques of Marionettes

Deepen your understanding of the noble marionette.

  • Learn how to make a "geodesic puppet"
  • Learn how to make an advanced one-hand controlled marionette

Module 6

Mastering the Mighty Queen of Marionette Puppetry

In this module, everything you have learned so far will assist you in making a fully jointed advanced marionette as featured in the movie "Strings".

  • Learn about various advanced joints and control systems
  • Find out how to correctly add weight and balance your puppet
  • Explore advanced eye mechanisms
  • Apply all your new knowledge on your ongoing journey

You're ready to embark on the journey into the wonderland of wooden puppets if:

➡️ You want to find more artistry in your life, nurture your creativity, and create magic and joy in the world around you

➡️ You are looking for safe and encouraging guidance to start your puppet-building adventure

➡️ You want to deepen your experience and knowledge

➡️ You are eager to become more proficient with your tools and learn more efficient ways to sculpt wood

➡️ You want to learn how you can build more intricate types of puppets

➡️ You want to experience more of the learnings in the nurturing and soothing environment of Bernd's workshop and in the community of trusted travel companions from around the world

If you said "yes" to any of the above, then you're ready to become a member of the Academy of the Wooden Puppet.

What you will get with the Academy of the Wooden Puppet

  • 60 pre-recorded classes (released weekly)
  • 2 live Q&A sessions per month to get answers to your most pressing questions
  • Access to Bernd and our team in our Puppetry community
  • Support from fellow Academy students in a community where you can encourage, help, and inspire each other
  • Access to all the teaching material of the Academy for a full year
  • Academy Certification upon completion of the program

BONUS COURSES

Bonus 1: KITCHEN TABLE WORKBENCH

$198 Value

You get instant access once you join the Academy!

The Kitchen Table Workbench is a fully functional mini-workbench designed to kickstart your carving and puppet-building dreams! Crafted with convenience and practicality in mind, this bonus inside the Academy is a game-changer for budding artisans worldwide. The provided blueprint and instructions offer a straightforward solution for building a functional mini-workbench, saving you time and money by avoiding wasted materials and guesswork.

Join the ranks of inspired creators and unlock your potential with the Kitchen Table Workbench, your gateway to a world of craftsmanship and imagination.

Bonus 2: SHARPENING COURSE

$298 Value

You get instant access once you join the Academy!

For any woodcarver aiming for success, mastering the art of tool sharpening is an absolute must! Not only does it ensure precision and efficiency in your craft, but it also saves you from the hassle and expense of constantly seeking out sharpening services or splurging on pricey new tools.

It's no secret that the lack of this crucial skill often holds back aspiring puppet artists from fully exploring wood as their medium. But fear not! Immediate access to an in-depth lesson on proper knife and chisel sharpening awaits you as part of our exclusive bonus course.

From the moment you join the Academy, this invaluable resource will be at your fingertips on our teaching platform, ready to elevate your carving game to new heights. Get ready to experience the sheer joy of effortlessly slicing through wood with a blade so sharp, it feels like magic!

Bonus 3: DREMEL BOX

$178 Value

As you progress through your journey in the Academy, you will unlock this bonus.

If you have physical challenges in your hands and wrists, these tools will allow you to pursue your carving passion! We have many students who face physical limitations and are now building beautiful puppets with us.

In this bonus, you'll get video instructions on how to make Bernd's famous "Dremel-Box" – complete with plans and advice on special bits and applications.

You'll also get an in-depth description of the use of High-Speed Rotating Tools. Including the best choice of bits and burrs to ease the life of any aspiring woodworker.

This brilliant system will save you many hours of tedious hand-carving time in a safe and dust-free environment.

Bonus 4: TREASURE BOX PROGRAM

$398 Value

You get instant access once you enroll.

12 supplementary video sessions with Bernd's feedback on puppetry books and specific tools supporting your puppet mastery path.

These 18 hours of extra lessons will give you the confidence to tackle more carving projects!

You'll learn everything about knives, chisels, saws, strings, tapes, glues and the important connection between the puppet builder, the puppet, and the respected audience.

This inspiring series is immediately accessible on the teaching platform once you join the Academy, to support you in every step of this incredible journey.

BONUS COURSES

Bonus 1: KITCHEN TABLE WORKBENCH

$198 Value

You get instant access once you join the Academy!

The Kitchen Table Workbench is a fully functional mini-workbench designed to kickstart your carving and puppet-building dreams! Crafted with convenience and practicality in mind, this bonus inside the Academy is a game-changer for budding artisans worldwide. The provided blueprint and instructions offer a straightforward solution for building a functional mini-workbench, saving you time and money by avoiding wasted materials and guesswork.

Join the ranks of inspired creators and unlock your potential with the Kitchen Table Workbench, your gateway to a world of craftsmanship and imagination.

Bonus 2: SHARPENING COURSE

$298 Value

You get instant access once you join the Academy!

For any woodcarver aiming for success, mastering the art of tool sharpening is an absolute must! Not only does it ensure precision and efficiency in your craft, but it also saves you from the hassle and expense of constantly seeking out sharpening services or splurging on pricey new tools.


It's no secret that the lack of this crucial skill often holds back aspiring puppet artists from fully exploring wood as their medium. But fear not! Immediate access to an in-depth lesson on proper knife and chisel sharpening awaits you as part of our exclusive bonus course.


From the moment you join the Academy, this invaluable resource will be at your fingertips on our teaching platform, ready to elevate your carving game to new heights. Get ready to experience the sheer joy of effortlessly slicing through wood with a blade so sharp, it feels like magic!

Bonus 3: DREMEL BOX

$178 Value

As you progress through your journey in the Academy, you will unlock this bonus.

If you have physical challenges in your hands and wrists, these tools will allow you to pursue your carving passion! We have many students who face physical limitations and are now building beautiful puppets with us.

In this bonus, you'll get video instructions on how to make Bernd's famous "Dremel-Box" – complete with plans and advice on special bits and applications.

You'll also get an in-depth description of the use of High-Speed Rotating Tools. Including the best choice of bits and burrs to ease the life of any aspiring woodworker.

This brilliant system will save you many hours of tedious hand-carving time in a safe and dust-free environment.

Bonus 4: TREASURE BOX PROGRAM

$398 Value

You get instant access once you enroll.

12 supplementary video sessions with Bernd's feedback on puppetry books and specific tools supporting your puppet mastery path.

These 18 hours of extra lessons will give you the confidence to tackle more carving projects!

You'll learn everything about knives, chisels, saws, strings, tapes, glues and the important connection between the puppet builder, the puppet, and the respected audience.

This inspiring series is immediately accessible on the teaching platform once you join the Academy, to support you in every step of this incredible journey.

The Total Value of the Academy of the Wooden Puppets With Bonuses Is $15,300 USD!

Together with my team, I have put countless hours – years – into the making of the Academy.

You’ll see lessons of uncompromising quality and content, where I’ve passed on all my discoveries and techniques developed for countless prize-winning performances, films, and television projects. 

Students who study Puppetry in Universities pay up to 12,000+ USD per term and get less material and teaching input than the Academy offers for a fraction of that price.

There is an undeniable value I have put into the Academy, and you will have 1 year and the possibility for ongoing access to watch all the classes for a fraction of that price.

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"At the age of 60, this education gave me the possibility to play."

Lejla Mulic

"The way the classes are presented and taught has made it all doable, fun, challenging and rewarding."

Jennifer Sage

Ken Flett

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"By far the best professional development you could ever hope to access online as a puppet maker."

This course will open your eyes far more than you could ever imagine. I was already recommending it to everyone, and I will keep doing so for as long as there are courses. When's the next one? Count us in! :)


Clare McCarthy, Creative Director/Producer at Broken Puppet Theater Company, England

"The whole process has this wonderful support from the other students."

You have a community where you're all on, with Mark, and Bernd, so you can share things that you've made, things you have problems with and you'll get responses from other students from around the world. They're my virtual friends now! You can feel really close to people when you share.


Belinda May

"With what I've learned, I feel confident to tackle more carved projects and have a few more puppets in mind that are calling out to me to be made."

As someone who had never carved wood before, I was somewhat nervous about undertaking the challenge of creating a carved wood puppet. Bernd's lessons and encouragement kept me going and gave me the tools/methods and inspiration required to complete my first carved piece. With what I've learned, I feel confident to tackle more carved projects and have a few more puppets in mind that are calling out to me to be made.


Anna-Maria Lawrie, Artist, Art Educator

Questions Your Fellow Creative Souls, Puppeteers, Storytellers, and Artists Asked Before Saying "Yes" to the Academy of the Wooden Puppet:

When does the course begin?

Your puppet-building journey begins as soon as you enroll.

 

What if I don't have any woodworking or carving experience before taking this course?

We're so glad you asked that!

Guess what: we have students like you, who joined the Academy of the Wooden Puppet and have never held a carving knife before. For example, Yael from Israel, whose life completely changed during the year in the Academy. She has not only learned how to carve but also has started creating professional puppet shows!

Carving is like any other skill — you just need to start and practice, practice, practice. So, you can absolutely join even if you have no woodworking or carving experience.

What if I'm not fluent in English?

Don't worry! We're not native English speakers either :) In the pre-recorded classes, Bernd explains everything slowly so anyone can understand. However, if you don't understand something, you can always pause the video, rewind, and watch it again. Plus, you'll have a community of fellow students who will be eager to help you if you have any questions.

 

Will I benefit from the course if I have already built wooden puppets?

Definitely! The Academy not only teaches the making of one of Bernd's most treasured puppet designs, but it also offers a tremendous wealth of tips and trade secrets that even advanced builders will benefit from. 

Bernd will share what he has carefully studied and discovered in his almost 40-year journey as a successful puppeteer! 

What if I fall behind?

The motto of our course is: working through the material at your own pace!

Classes are pre-recorded, and you can watch them at your own pace on your own time.

 

I'm worried that I don't have any tools. How can I start?

We have had people like you with us that have made amazing puppets with an absolute minimum of tools.

We want to make it possible for EVERYONE to take part in this course with an absolute minimum of readily available tools.

Although you will learn about basic and advanced tools, all you need to start is a utility knife, coping saw, fine handsaw, and a drill.

Maneesh from India built his first puppet with just a utility knife and a coping saw.

So, you don't need to buy many tools in the beginning. You can start with just the utility knife, which you can buy at the gas station, and build your toolkit at your own pace.

I have physical challenges — I have arthritis — is it still possible for me to take the course?

We have many participants struggling with health challenges.

The use of various tool handles, constant reminders of correct posture, etc., are just a small part of this process.

Bernd will also introduce you to specialty tools and special rigs and devices that support participants with physical challenges.

Once you join the Academy, you will receive an exceptional bonus:

A two-part series where you'll get instructions on Bernd's famous Dremel Box, with an in-depth description of the use of high-speed rotating tools. Including the best choice of bits and burrs to ease the life of any aspiring woodworker.

These tools will allow you to pursue your carving passion when you have physical challenges in your hands and wrists.

If you have any other questions concerning our course, please send our team an email at info@worldsofpuppets.com and we will answer as quickly as possible.

Step Into the Next Chapter on Your Creative Path

A year from now, you will be full of knowledge and enthusiasm for the art of puppetry. This journey will enrich your life beyond the realms of the puppet!

Step Into the Next Chapter on Your Creative Path

A year from now, you will be full of knowledge and enthusiasm for the art of puppetry. This journey will enrich your life beyond the realms of the puppet!