Just another Nutcracker

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Project by PopsHuckster posted 01-12-2019 07:48 PM 716 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I started to make the “Herman” characters” it was because I just bought a 1940’s vintage Craftsman wood lathe and all I could think to make was “round” stuff… DUH! Had to be something with ‘character’ so Herman was invented. I got plenty of 4×4 stock at the lumber yards because they couldn’t sell the stuff that was twisted badly. Most of the time they gave that away as firewood.

The first one was named after a buddy, a teacher who I worked with on summer vacations remodeling houses. We clicked so well as soon as we’d arrive at a job, we each knew where we were supposed to be and could communicate without even talking at times! Rare at best. Anyway.. Herman was born.

I don’t have any pics of his it was so long ago. It even had articulated arms and legs. But then started the series: First was the Model A Ford Mechanic (I was building Ethel at the time – 1929 Model A Handyman truck), then came the Toymaker, then the Birdhouse maker, then just before this past Christmas after we moved into a new place came the Dr. Herman. My son is with our local Cardiology Group and it was time for his character to show up. Except for the turning the large parts: head/torso/legs, all the detail stuff was done on the scroll saw. The decals were made on the computer using decal paper available from a model maker supply site. The scrub top was purchased from a doll parts/outfit supply site. I used to make all the work aprons on the sewing machine, but now I like all my fingers to move independent of each other and not be connected by thread. I have enough trouble with the hands not working so well so as it is. LOL

Anyway enjoy. Got some more characters in mind too. A fisherman, Veterinarian, Pilot/plane mechanic, Telephone man (my old profession) and a pimped out Handyman.

-- Pop

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#1 posted 01-12-2019 08:50 PM

Very cool, not your average nut cracker for sure.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 01-12-2019 10:41 PM

Beautiful work with tons of great detail! Well done!



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#3 posted 01-13-2019 01:23 AM

So cool!
Do you know there’s a Nutcracker Museum in Leavenworth, WA?

-- Gary, Florida

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#4 posted 01-14-2019 04:41 AM

I love it and very cool

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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