It's one of the joys of travelling to discover tiny shops in out of the way towns where local artisans are making amazing things.
Segura de la Sierra is tiny. We'd come to visit the castle (impressive inside) and were down in the town looking for lunch. We found this shop instead.
The owners are puppet makers and have been making puppets for years. Some of our favourites were the string puppets constructed with animal bones that they find in the hills nearby. I've never seen anything quite like them. Great characters and intriguingly medieval clothing with great attention to detail- belts, hats, buttons. We bought a few.
We liked the flying dragons too. And the bees. And the 'Death' puppet with phosphorescent face and wonderful flowing black robes. A lot of the best puppets, we thought, were the ones with a touch of Nightmare before Christmas about them.
They sell dolls house size hand made furniture - traditional local styles. They do handmade pokerwork wooden key rings, hand drawn postcards of local animals, mobiles and all sorts.
None of it's pricey and it's all unique. They make it all by hand themselves.
Their English isn't fluent, but they're friendly and obviously proud of what they do. Everything was clearly labelled with prices etc when we were there and their stuff speaks for itself. The shop looks as if it's a pretty new venture - it seems they spent years travelling around international puppet festivals selling their wares.
It's worth a visit just to have a look - it's a bit like a visit to one of those traditional craft museums, but with a touch of Tim Burton about it.
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