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    Herman - Nutcracker (almost)

    The 'almost' is because they're modeled after the typical nutcracker characters but don't have the nut cracker capability. They're basically just characters I've created depicting different jobs/hobbies. Started these when I bought a old 1940's vintage wood lathe and really didn't know what to make except 'round' stuff'. What seems like many years ago now I worked with a teacher over the summer who's last name was Herman. We worked together so well I made him the first Herman character. It was just basically a Handyman style character. After a while I just started taking old 4x4 scraps and making other characters. Here's the bunch so far with the last being the Dr. Herman i made for my youngest son who works for the local Cardiology Group here.
    Birdhouse maker nutcracker w mackinaw hat - 2017.jpgModel A mechanic nutcracker w makinaw hat - 2017.jpgtoymaker nutcracker w mackinaw hat - 2017.jpgDr Herman finished 1-4-19 - smallest yet.jpg
    The largest pieces are done on the old wood lathe (head & torso). The rest including the base is cut using my scroll saw. Things like the birdhouses, shoes, tools, spare parts under the work benches, vise, toys, etc. And with the last one (Dr. Herman) the roll around cart and giant needle. Over the Winter we put the mackinaw hats on them all and a Santa hats at Christmas. I made the aprons and scrub top on my wife's sewing machine. Labels and decals are made using decal paper purchased on-line at a site called Micro Mark. They have model maker supplies like decal paper you can use on cars, model trains, etc. Neat site. Time consuming project but satisfying when done (my hands and ankles wouldn't agree I'm sure).

    Sorry the pics aren't actually in the text body. But just click on the jpg and it'll show the complete pic.
    Last edited by Pop; 01-08-2019 at 05:46 PM. Reason: Not sure why pics aren't in text body
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    Re: Herman - Nutcracker (almost)

    I like all the details. These are about a foot tall?

    All the little accessories!!!



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    Re: Herman - Nutcracker (almost)

    14" tall Mike. Actually just happened that way when I made the first one. Kept them all the same after I made the turning pattern.
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    Re: Herman - Nutcracker (almost)

    My wife keeps asking me to make some nutcrackers, the traditional German style.

    You may have pushed me just far enough...



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    Re: Herman - Nutcracker (almost)

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    Those are pretty special...I'd say they have great commercial potential if you have a mind to...
    Thanks for sharing

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    Re: Herman - Nutcracker (almost)

    Very cute Pop! Thanks for sharing!

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    Re: Herman - Nutcracker (almost)

    Looks great, had to show them to my wife, she loved them. Shes nutty about nutcrackers.
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    Those are wonderful creations, I enjoyed them very much Mike!
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    Re: Herman - Nutcracker (almost)

    Am I missing something ... the sign with Dr Herman doesn't make sense ...
    "We're going to let this with your nurse ... Just in case ..."
    Am I mssing an inside joke?

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    Re: Herman - Nutcracker (almost)

    My son will understand. He's in Cardiology and I'm referring to the very large needle his character is holding.
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    Re: Herman - Nutcracker (almost)

    I was referring to your choice of words ...Shouldn't it be "leave" instead of "let" ...
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    My son will understand. He's in Cardiology and I'm referring to the very large needle his character is holding.

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    Re: Herman - Nutcracker (almost)

    Since "Nutcrackers" are German the word could be "mit" (with) instead of let or leave.



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    I was referring to your choice of words ...Shouldn't it be "leave" instead of "let" ...

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