Sunday, December 14, 2008


The Puppet Heap Auction has now expanded it’s weekly offerings! For those fans who have missed out on the last five items--DON’T LOSE FAITH! We’re working hard to bring you even more--and just in time for the holidays!

Just click AUCTION


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Dirty Dog...

For all of you out there mired in regret over having missed out on our last two puppy auctions... NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO SET THINGS RIGHT!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Step Right Up Folks!

I don’t know if you’ve been watching, but we’ve sold both jumping jacks and another puppy. This time we’ve got something really cool! Click AUCTION to find out more and get your bidding finger pumped...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Still Going!

Well the first offering was a huge success! Toby is now on his way to a good home making way for the next items: the Ivan Petrofsky Skevar and Abdullah Bou Boul Ameer Shadow Puppet Jumping Jacks! Keep an eye on our AUCTION for your opportunity to own a piece of the HEAP!


Sunday, November 9, 2008


Attention devoted Puppet Heap fans! We have officially embarked on an entirely new experiment here at our headquarters in Hoboken--The Puppet Heap Auction. Check out the AUCTION page frequently to see what new limited edition collectibles we have for sale..


Friday, September 26, 2008

Alligator Boots

Jackhole Industries is working with Kanye West on a project called “Alligat or Boots” for Comedy Central that merges hip-hop and the Muppets. A pilot has been shot which features some puppets built by the Heap. Time was short, but this project was a lot of fun. Here are some images of the characters as we were building them back in July.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Meet the New Dog

After more than a year of development, it’s finally, really happening! Bookaboo! is a new preschool series in the UK (for ITV) about a rock n’ roll puppy drummer who just can't go on without having been read his story. “Bookaboo!” was created by Lucy Goodman and will be produced by her company Happy Films with celebrity guests reading to the puppy. ITV's commission supports the UK's National Year of Reading 2008 effort to promote child and adult literacy.

We had worked with Lucy once before about five years ago for the UK Disney Channel series “PJ’s Story Time” and it has been great fun working with her again. She has got to be one of the most creative and energizing producers of children’s media I have ever met. We’re very excited to be a part of her latest project.

Click this sentence for more info about the show.

We went through many, many design iterations before settling on the right look and feel. But we really didn't find the character until the maquette was sculpted. It was sometimes a frustrating process, but it paid off in the end, I think.

Below are some images of the process of building this character from initial concepts to fully realized ‘Boo.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Ben Folds

Here’s an odd one. Ben Folds, singer, songwriter and piano man extraordinaire is on tour and apparently wants to urge you to have a bad day. For the show he has commissioned the Heap to build a couple of 3 foot diameter unhappy face masks. we only had a couple days to make them, but I think they came out pretty good!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Bionic Lobster!

Now that the website has officially launched, I guess I can tell you all about Leatherman’s Bionic Lobster. Just about everyone in our industry is walking around with a Leatherman Tool in his/her back pocket, so the opportunity to do something with the company was irresistible. We had a great time working with Stick and Move (the ad agency), Transistor Studios (production company), and Pete Rosch (director.)
To the right is the famous Jim Kroupa who performed the lobster and assisted with the build.

Due to time and budget constraints we basically built this puppet by cannibalizing and mechanizing a whole bunch of those cheap plastic display lobsters. We also altered a bunch of Leatherman tools to snap open and fan out. That’s Louay Assaf (above,) lead lobster builder and a great puppet-man.

Two Bionic Lobsters were made--one a performable puppet, and the other a posable stunt version.

Did I mention we performed with real live lobsters?

The whole thing was shot at Maracuja Bar in Brooklyn, owned by Charlie, the most patient bar tender in the world. They dressed the place up to look like a seafood restaurant. Since it was a bar, we had to start the shoot at 3 am to avoid interfering with business hours. We were all very tired.

Friday, July 4, 2008


Renowned artist Pierre Huyghe has chosen Puppet Heap to realize his next vision. Huyghe’s twenty-minute puppet opera, a fanciful recounting of the story of the Carpenter Center’s conception and construction, will be performed on November 18.
More info: click here

Monday, June 2, 2008

The Heap Hits iTunes

As of today, Puppet Heap Puppet Shows are officially available on iTunes. Just Click the link below to check it out:


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Veggie Tales

At long last the Veggies have finally shipped! We’ve had a wonderful time helping the good folks at Big Idea realize their next big show at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri featuring the characters of the Veggie Tales.

We have long been an admirers of the fantastic design work of Big Idea, so naturally we jumped at the opportunity to work with them when they called looking for puppet makers.

Check out the show if you are in the area--looks like it will be a pretty neat experience!

The Puppet Heap Podcast

A new addition to the website is the Puppet Heap Video Podcast. Now you can subscribe to original Puppet Heap content and download right into iTunes. We’ll try to keep new stuff coming--just click on PODCAST.