You can cut your wooden marionette parts by hand if necessary but if you can use a machine it will save you a lot of time and arm ache.

Of course you will be governed by what you have available to you but what are the pro's and cons of a scrollsaw vs a bandsaw

 Cutting puppet parts on the scrollsaw

Cutting puppet parts on the scrollsaw

Pros - Scroll Saws

  • You can cut tighter curves and more detail.
  • You can even cut inside a part.
  • It is a safer tool to use.
  • Blades are cheap

Cons - Scroll Saws

  • Most saws will struggle to cut more than a 50mm (2 inch) thickness.
  • Cutting takes longer.

 cutting marionette parts on the band saw

cutting marionette parts on the band saw

Pros - Bandsaws

  • You can cut thicker timbers -  up to 150mm (6 inches)
  • Cutting is faster
  • Blades last longer

Cons - Bandsaws

  • Difficult to get fine detail
  • Blades are more expensive

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