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Kricket Caffery has taught trapeze, stilt walking, handstands, tumbling, mask making, and partner acrobatics classes and workshops to children and adults at many schools, festivals, and private events since in 2003.

Kricket has also performed with the Girl Circus at Oregon Country Fair, seasonally at festivals throughout the West Coast and Canada, and she was a co-producer of Circus Artemis - Portland's All-Women Circus, and owns and operates - Peg Stilts for Kids and Adults, all stilts, puppets, and art  are woman veteran handmade in Oregon USA since 2008.  As of July 2016 is located in Lakeside Oregon, on the southern Oregon coast.

Kricket is also an artist, a contraptioneer, unique puppet and creature fabricator, fire safety goddess, peace and environmental activist, nature enthusiast, community builder, and an "I can do anything" kind of a person! commitment to the environment:

Many manufacturers design their products to be intentionally short lived or obsolete after a limited period of time, this ensures they can continue to "earn" money from their customers. does not believe this method of manufacturing is a sustainable way to move into the future, so builds our stilts to last, for years and years and we've paid attention to how our manufacturing effects the planet. is interested in providing you with very high quality peg stilts so that you don't have to reinvest, or worry about your safety or the safety of your children or students for that matter.

I have used the same set of stilts I built myself in 2006 and they're still walking tall.

For each material used in for manufacturing, and for each source of said materials, considers the environmental impact, short and long term, and whenever possible sources materials from local manufacturers, retailers, and distributors.

Inevitably in any product life though, the time may come to retire your stilts at some point in the far off future. has already thought ahead regarding disposal:
The majority of the materials that are used to build our Peg Stilts are either burnable, compostable, recyclable, and/or reusable in some way.

    • WOOD:  Remove all the hardware and straps and use the wood for a bonfire, a project, or to put it in your yard debris pile/container.

    • HARDWARE:   Reuse as many of the screws, nuts, bolts, washers, rubber tips, etc that you can, they should work great for future projects.

    • FOAMReuse the foam for packing material, corner cushioning, pipe insulation, etc.  DO NOT BURN the foam, doing so would release toxic chemicals into the air.

    • STRAPSReuse the webbing/velcro straps for other projects, bundling gear, etc.  DO NOT BURN the webbing/velcro straps, doing so would release toxic chemicals into the air.

    • TIRE TREAD/RUBBER TIPS:  Reuse the tire tread  and related hardware for other stilts or projects if possible.  The tire tread used for the bottoms of the stilts are probably the least reusable part of the stilts, however fortunately, they were already reclaimed materials when they were used to build your stilts, so at this point the tires have been thoroughly used and are more worthy of being dumped.

These are just a few things that demonstrate's commitment to the environment and eco-friendly product manufacturing, disposal, and business planning. History:

Walking on stilts started out as a hobby.  I really enjoyed being up tall, costuming, and performing.  I also wanted to share the experience with more people in my community.

In 2008, myself and some friends started an all-women stilt walking group in Portland, OR.  This was an opportunity for women and girls ages 8 and up to learn to stilt walk in a supportive and safe environment.

While establishing the group, I realized how hard it is to acquire affordable well made Peg Stilts in the USA, so I decided to offer a stilt making workshop.

The stilt making workshop gave the women (and girls) an opportunity to use power tools (some for the first time ever) in my workshop and to build their own stilts.  Later, they would all learn to walk on on them.  Our goal was to create animal costumes and to stilt walk in an Earth Day procession of the species parade.

After the stilt making workshop, I continued to build stilts on my own as a hobby, mostly selling them to my circus and gymnastics students in Portland, OR.

Over time though, I honed in my design to be the most sturdy, and most affordable stilts I could offer and started up a business which has continued to grow slowly over the years.

Since 2008 Kricket Caffery has built each and every pair of stilts, they are all woman veteran handmade.

Now has peg stilts in nearly all of the US States (see map above) and some in Canada and New Zealand too!

As of July 2016 is now located in Lakeside, Oregon USA.

I just bought a tiny house on stilts and a huge shop for to grow into!

Lakeside is on the Southern Oregon Coast, just south of Winchester Bay, just north of North Bend and Coos Bay.

Set up a time to come check out the new space if you're passing through town.

Links to articles written about

Life Is Too Short, Walk Taller!

Submitted by Michelle Snell from NW Kids Magazine written by Kricket Caffery from


Stilt walking is great for co-ordination, cognitive and physical development, balance, confidence, self-esteem, strength, and trust building, and is an extremely interactive activity...

From Trash to Terrific: A Lesson on Change


"We'd like to highlight one puppet here that has nothing to do with bugs, but it MUST be talked about.  Kricket and a few volunteers walked along the Oregon coast last year and collected bags and bags of trash.  Out of the rubbish that people threw into the water and onto the beach- the cups, plastic bottles, styrofoam take out containers, and foam peanuts- she created a beautiful sea turtle puppet. It's four feet long and impeccably constructed..."
Read more of this article on the NPR Talking Science Website (click here)

By KATHY ANEY East Oregonian | Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 9:02 pm

Kricket Caffery is a tiny woman, but she stands 7-foot-4 on stilts.
From those dizzying heights, she gets an empowering view of the world. The 36-year-old former Marine makes stilts in her garage work shop and sells them to customers all over the country. She also teaches people to use their new appendages.

One of her clients is Pendleton’s Rhythmic Mode dance team. When Coach Debbie Kishpaugh decided to incorporate stilt walking into a routine she hopes will win Pendleton High School its sixth-straight state dance title, she called on Caffery.

Kishpaugh and Coach Jami Niord gathered up five of their dancers for a surprise road trip to Portland, not revealing their ultimate destination — Caffery’s home. Soon after arriving, the girls found themselves strapping on stilts. With Caffery spotting and giving encouragement, they learned to stilt walk in her living room. After two hours, they had the basics.

“She was so good with our kids,” Kishpaugh said. “She was encouraging and inspirational.”
Three of the original five (Brandy Anderson, Jessica Homan and Alex Grashaus) will strut their stuff at state at this weekend’s state OSAA Dance & Drill 5A/6A competition at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Caffery plans to watch. She said her life as a stilt walker started in 2006. In 2008, she and some friends decided to start a women’s stilting group. They arranged a workshop where the women learned to use power tools like drill presses and chop saws made their own stilts, got instruction on how to use them and then walked in Portland’s Earth Day Parade.
“It was pretty epic,” Caffery said. She started that year in a tiny garage filled with power tools, lumber and stilts in various stages of production, her Pontiac Grand Am banished to the driveway.

Caffery makes pegs, leg braces, foot braces and foot plates from ash wood and uses reclaimed bicycle tires for tread. The New York native said her business is one of four stilt making companies in the country — all of which are in Oregon. She started slow, selling 18 sets of stilts that first year, but now has customers in 40 states and three countries.
The stilts come in a range of sizes and she does custom jobs, too. A woman who stood only 3-foot-10-inches tall hired Caffery to build a set of stilts that would raise her to average height.

Caffery also does workshops and performs at festivals, parades, parties and promotional events. She appeared at the Oregon Country Fair in Eugene and Burning Man in Nevada.
But, she especially loves helping young neophytes conquer their trepidation — stilt walking as metaphor for life, “empowering young people to face fear, stand up tall and be proud of themselves.”

Two lessons generally do the trick. Part of the process is teaching students how to fall correctly and learn balance.

“A lot of people think when you get up on stilts, you can just stand still, but you’ve got to keep moving,” Caffery said. “Balance comes through movement much like a bicycle.”
She said Pendleton isn’t the only dance team to employ stilts. A YouTube video shows 24 Utah dancers — the Bountiful High School Mandonelles — performing high kicks, splits and handstands while wearing Caffery’s stilts.

While some might think it risky to include stilt walkers in a dance routine, Caffery believes the Pendleton dancers will pull it off at this weekend’s state OSAA Dance & Drill 5A/6A competition.
“I’m sure it’s in the backs of all their minds — what do I do if I fall down?” she said. They’ll be fine, Caffery said — she expects them to walk tall.