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Todd Bradshaw
01-10-2014, 04:54 PM
Well, as usual the sailmaking business gets slow in the winter, so I start looking for other things to do to keep my brain occupied. With the intense cold, this year has been no exception and it's been too nasty to do much out in the garage. So far, I've epoxy/graphite coated and repainted a hitch-mounted bumper thing for the truck so that it won't rust, I framed a couple of my dad's paintings, stripped and refinished the stocks on a couple of lever gun replicas, did some leather work and worked on the trains a bit. It seemed like time to do something bigger. So... I decided to build an 8' tall, portable Sasquatch. Don't tell me that you-all have never had the same urge....

Anyway, the original purpose was for him to serve as a fun target on our little shooting range up at the lake, like the buffalo I built a couple of years ago. I had a sheet of 1/4" plywood and backed it with some 2x2s for framing. It would need to come apart to fit in a short bed for transport, so the pieces would need to bolt together. We found some good fake fur on sale cheap at the fabric store and construction began. Within a couple of days, the wooden parts were done. Then they got a couple coats of leftover epoxy garage floor paint to prevent warping and a test assembly.

http://webpages.charter.net/tbradshaw/Music%20stuff/Sasquatch/squatch1.jpg

Now it was time for the fur. I applied it with 3M spray adhesive and contact cement and even made carriage bolts with fur-covered heads (furbolts). I painted the face with house paint to give the flat panel some depth, airbrushed a little shading under the chin on the fur, and as a final touch overlayed the yellow in the eyes with tiny strips cut from SOLAS reflective trim strips to create eyeshine. Then we were off to the north country, where he would live. However once done, he was too nice to shoot, so we plan to just keep him for annoying our neighbors and I put him out by the dirt road that leads to the cabins. He'll make guest appearances from time to time along the road or down on the lakeshore.

http://webpages.charter.net/tbradshaw/Music%20stuff/Sasquatch/squatch2.jpg

http://webpages.charter.net/tbradshaw/Music%20stuff/Sasquatch/squatch3.jpg

http://webpages.charter.net/tbradshaw/Music%20stuff/Sasquatch/squatch4.jpg

What's really interesting though is that even at eight feet tall, it isn't hard at all to hide this thing. Given the scale of the woods, it just blends right in. Makes you wonder......

Mrleft8
01-10-2014, 04:58 PM
You really need a hobby.

Ian McColgin
01-10-2014, 04:58 PM
Finastkind.

Reynard38
01-10-2014, 05:06 PM
I love it.
Often wondered what y'all do in the winter for fun!

switters
01-10-2014, 05:08 PM
awesomesauce!

S/V Laura Ellen
01-10-2014, 05:10 PM
You really need a hobby.

I believe he already has a hobby.
I think you should submit images to one of the 'Looking for Bigfoot' TV shows.
You could be a celebrity!

delecta
01-10-2014, 05:15 PM
"Fur bolts", love it.

Hwyl
01-10-2014, 05:57 PM
Abominable (oh wrong continent).

Oysterhouse
01-10-2014, 05:59 PM
Kudos for an extra cool project!!Y>

How long do you think it will take before someone else takes a potshot at that thing?

skuthorp
01-10-2014, 06:34 PM
First class Todd, now to animate it……………………..

As for Laura-Ellen's idea about submitting footage to a Bigfoot show. :D NO, the fun part is waiting for someone else to do that!

bobbys
01-10-2014, 06:39 PM
Todd is a shoo in for BROTM of February..

he took mr left right out of the race with this.

Todd Bradshaw
01-10-2014, 06:48 PM
It's a pretty mellow and unpopulated area and I don't think there is anybody as crazy as we are. My brother's house is about 150' beyond that big spruce. I'll just tell them to wear their Kevlar when we have the Squatch out. :)

I'm going to make two road signs. One to put around the curve about 200 yards before you come to our place that will be the typical novelty "Bigfoot Crossing" sign, which people will think is cute. The second will be about 100 yards past our place and will say "we warned you".

I suppose I could bring him back down here for the summer, hang out at the Wisconsin Dells, become a street vendor and charge tourists to get their photo taken with Sasquatch. It probably pays better than sailmaking and you don't have to do it crawling around on your hands and knees on a hardwood floor.

CWSmith
01-10-2014, 06:58 PM
Excellent!

C. Ross
01-10-2014, 07:16 PM
Brilliant.

PeterSibley
01-10-2014, 07:31 PM
:D:D:D

Willin'
01-10-2014, 07:48 PM
You forgot the boobs!

bogdog
01-10-2014, 08:07 PM
There's real ones up northeast of Hayward, a disjunct population from the Porkies.

Old Dryfoot
01-10-2014, 08:10 PM
Hilarious! It looks awesome, well done!

We need a world tour al la GFH. Squatch in the city, squatch on the beach, squatch doing a little sailing, it would make one heck of a coffee table book. ;)

Lew Barrett
01-10-2014, 08:25 PM
Well done to the last detail. Twenty two teeth, just like the real ones!

Steve McMahon
01-10-2014, 08:29 PM
I will be watching for the upcoming you tube video of the fella's that catch it!

Todd Bradshaw
01-10-2014, 08:58 PM
This is what I was saying about the scale when you get it out in the woods. This thing is pretty big. My wife is about 5'6" tall.

http://webpages.charter.net/tbradshaw/Music%20stuff/Sasquatch/Squatch-&-M.jpg

Yet when you stick him out in the woods, even out in front of the trees, he's not that easy to notice unless you're pretty close. Back in the brush you would probably never see one until it had you by the throat and was ripping your arms off.....

http://webpages.charter.net/tbradshaw/Music%20stuff/Sasquatch/DSCF1182b.jpg

They're everywhere I tell you.... and they're watching us. Be afraid, be very afraid.......

Rich Jones
01-10-2014, 09:19 PM
I love it! But, you'd better chain it to a tree if left unattended. Word will soon get out and some yahoo will attempt to steal it.

htom
01-10-2014, 09:45 PM
Oh, Todd, this is just so splendid.

Breakaway
01-10-2014, 10:39 PM
Love it! You really hit the look of that famous footage the world has seen.

Kevin

Phil Y
01-11-2014, 12:08 AM
I cant even see him in the second photo-good work!

purri
01-11-2014, 01:21 AM
Please report the first bullet hole.

Gerarddm
01-11-2014, 02:35 AM
Really. Surely some yahoos will fill it full o' lead...

slug
01-11-2014, 03:36 AM
Those big foots could be deployed to slow road traffic down . Might be effective near school crossings.

If enough bigfoots were deployed , Homeland security " red alerts" could be sent via text message to raise public paranoia.

The paranoid public would run to the gun shop , stock up on ammo, then demand that the military industrial complex produce more survaliance drones. This burst in spending will stimulate the economy and cure unemployment

you might even receive a Nobel prize.

keep up the good work

Joe Dupere
01-11-2014, 06:22 AM
Hilarious! It looks awesome, well done!

We need a world tour al la GFH. Squatch in the city, squatch on the beach, squatch doing a little sailing, it would make one heck of a coffee table book. ;)

If you put a red and white striped hat on him, people could play "Where's Sasquatch"?

skuthorp
01-11-2014, 06:39 AM
Take him to Mystic…………….

Garret
01-11-2014, 08:26 AM
Mighty Fine!

If you take it to the Dells - put it along shore where the tourist boats go - moving it every once in a while - or maybe under the bridge at the end of town?

beernd
01-11-2014, 11:15 AM
In your dreams you built that Sasquatch.
I am telling you that monster is for real and it is coming to grab you.
Better watch out from now on |:(

Chip-skiff
01-11-2014, 01:47 PM
Pretty elaborate trick, but funny. Hope you don't scare the pants off some innocent mail carrier or UPS guy.

A longtime friend, a mammalogist very experienced in the outdoors, told me that while on a bighorn sheep study his tent was hit one night by rocks, waking him up. He dashed out with a light and could see nothing, but the next day he found several fist-size rocks near his tent. I think he also said he found tracks or other sign. He was camped on a high plateau in a very remote part of the Wind River Range. My first thought was that his buddies snuck up at night and tossed rocks to scare the crap out of him (which it did). But he claims there were no other humans within several hours of difficult hiking.

He and other field scientists have a network that is pursuing objective evidence of Bigfoot's existence. One who has gone public is Jeffrey Meldrum, a biologist and anatomist at the Univ. of Idaho—

http://www.isu.edu/~meldd/fxnlmorph.html

Another biologist who claims to encountered Bigfoot is Robert Michael Pyle, a lepidopterist who (as I recall) had pieces of deadwood thrown at him. He wrote a book about that and his effort to find out more : Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1012565.Where_Bigfoot_Walks

I've gone on sampling trips with my friend, and met Pyle several times and stayed at his house. Neither is a wild-eyed goofball by any means.

Still, I spent many years doing field studies and rangering in remote country without any such encounters. I've been waked up by bears, elk, moose, coyotes, marmots, packrats, pine martens, weasels, mice, and other critters, but no Bigfoot so far. I'm an excellent tracker, in the habit of scanning the ground, and recall no sign that resembles the photos on Meldrum's website. So I'm not a Bigfoot believer. But I don't think it's impossible, either.

Old Dryfoot
01-11-2014, 02:08 PM
"But I don't think it's impossible, either."

Gigantopithecus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigantopithecus).

http://www.bfro.net/images/lineupWeb_v4_1231.jpg

Not impossible, likely improbable though.

purri
01-11-2014, 04:05 PM
Do they cough up furballs?

Old Dryfoot
01-11-2014, 05:51 PM
^ All accounts seem to cite and overwhelming odor, that would indicate a lack of personal grooming to me, so no on the hairballs. ;)

M. J. Notigan
01-11-2014, 08:43 PM
Brilliant!

And ironically, running on Philly.Com for the past 3 days is the story of a man who supposedly shot one and is taking it on tour: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Slain_stuffed_Bigfoot_Is_it_legit_With_photos.html

But Todd, yours is the one we all know and love, in that classic pose. FWIW, your Bigfoot looks more real then the supposed real deal!:)

Best Regards,
Mike

purri
01-12-2014, 01:08 AM
Well someone sell them some Garnier Fructis!
^ All accounts seem to cite and overwhelming odor, that would indicate a lack of personal grooming to me, so no on the hairballs. ;)

Old Dryfoot
01-12-2014, 02:21 AM
http://img0.etsystatic.com/005/0/6818976/il_570xN.398660982_htfp.jpg

No Garnier Fructis for today's Squatch on the go. Get right to the punch with a kelp fortified blend! Get those tangles out and defunkafie with one easy to use formula, you'll never again need a club to get a date for Friday night!

purri
01-12-2014, 03:47 AM
Wha' aboot de dreads eh mon?

skuthorp
01-12-2014, 03:56 AM
"But I don't think it's impossible, either."

Gigantopithecus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigantopithecus).

http://www.bfro.net/images/lineupWeb_v4_1231.jpg

Not impossible, likely improbable though.
Obviously the little feller on the end is the weak link……………………………… The other two, with a shave, would find a place in major league basketball, or football for that matter. Fancy being blocked by one of them?

Eddiebou
01-12-2014, 09:20 AM
This is great. The tropical one should definately have dreadlocks. Every shooting range should have one of these. There are hundreds of uses: Home protection, a rider for the HOV lanes, He could hold a sign for a pet store, or a barber shop. If his body pivoted, he could sit in your boat. His arm holding the tiller. Oh yeah, you're onto something here, the Bigfoot Buddy.

DGentry
01-12-2014, 10:57 PM
Simply wonderful - wish I'd thought of it.


Chip-skiff: A longtime friend, a mammalogist very experienced in the outdoors, told me that while on a bighorn sheep study his tent was hit one night by rocks, waking him up. He dashed out with a light and could see nothing, but the next day he found several fist-size rocks near his tent.

In the Ark-La-Tex we had the Fouke monster. In Florida, the Skunk-Ape. Yetis in Nepal, of course, and now, Chip-skiff, thanks for ruining the Wind Rivers for me, too!:eek:

Here's some fun/ridiculous reading - assuming you don't live north of Seattle.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/517yZ47eAzL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-63,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg

Concordia...41
01-13-2014, 04:55 AM
Excellent, excellent, excellent :D :D :D - thanks for the Sticky Scot - I'd of missed it without.

-M

Andrew2
01-13-2014, 12:43 PM
This is great. The tropical one should definately have dreadlocks. Every shooting range should have one of these. There are hundreds of uses: Home protection, a rider for the HOV lanes, He could hold a sign for a pet store, or a barber shop. If his body pivoted, he could sit in your boat. His arm holding the tiller. Oh yeah, you're onto something here, the Bigfoot Buddy.

Great idea: Makes a vast improvement on the blow up policemen some single wimin park in the passinger seat to avoid hassle.... Would you argue with him? no seree!

I allways wondered what people did up in the north in winter, but was afraid to ask...

Paul Pless
01-13-2014, 12:56 PM
This is great. The tropical one should definately have dreadlocks. Every shooting range should have one of these. There are hundreds of uses: Home protection, a rider for the HOV lanes, He could hold a sign for a pet store, or a barber shop. If his body pivoted, he could sit in your boat. His arm holding the tiller. Oh yeah, you're onto something here, the Bigfoot Buddy.
can't wait to see him in one of todd's sailing canoes. . . :D

Breakaway
01-13-2014, 02:49 PM
We need a "Bigfoot" class of boat, so that Todd's creation can emblazon sails the world over.

Kevin

JMAC
01-13-2014, 10:05 PM
But the feet! They are petit!

purri
01-14-2014, 12:09 AM
and where's the sixth toe?

David W Pratt
01-14-2014, 09:49 AM
I cut out a cat sillouette and painted it black. At the base of MIL's mailbox, it did slow cars

rbgarr
01-16-2014, 12:27 AM
Hilarious books about Bigfoot: http://www.roumieu.com/#/books/

Figment
01-16-2014, 10:15 AM
I cut out a cat sillouette and painted it black. At the base of MIL's mailbox, it did slow cars

Someone did that with a deer silhouette around here about 25 years ago. I think it took 3 or 4 cars wrecking (drivers panic-reacting to the deer locking brakes going sideways into ditch) before the guy put a red reflector on the deer's nose.

Even with the reflector, it still gets me every so often.