MAKE regular Shawn Thorsson, of Petaluma, CA, casts and paints these rather brilliant army man / lawn gnome mash-up figures in his home workshop. They are available in both painted and unpainted varieties in Shawn’s Etsy shop, and there’s also a Flickr set full of great in-process photos.

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • Vlad Iepure

    i think they can look pretty scary in the night… :)))..

  • http://twitter.com/kompani101 Kompani

    It’s a very sad day when even gnomes have guns – only in America.

  • http://twitter.com/kompani101 Kompani

    It’s a very sad day when even gnomes have guns – only in America.

    • http://smragan.com Sean Michael Ragan

      Or, you know, Brazil.  Or Canada.  Or India, Switzerland, Germany, or Austria.  Or the Czech Republic.  Or Italy.  Or, now that I think about it, pretty much anywhere since THIS IS A PLASTIC TOY WITH A 4″ PLASTIC GUN. 

    • http://smragan.com Sean Michael Ragan

      Or, you know, Brazil.  Or Canada.  Or India, Switzerland, Germany, or Austria.  Or the Czech Republic.  Or Italy.  Or, now that I think about it, pretty much anywhere since THIS IS A PLASTIC TOY WITH A 4″ PLASTIC GUN. 

  • Anonymous

    Blue hats vs. Red Hats.

  • Anonymous

    Blue hats vs. Red Hats.

  • http://twitter.com/SquittersTweet Archibald Tuttle

    I’m pretty sure, if the Gnome had tits it wouldn’t be allowed – only in the USA.

    • http://smragan.com Sean Michael Ragan

      Sorry, are you being sarcastic?  I can’t tell.  If so: HA!  If not:  HA!  (But with more of a scoffing inflection).  

  • Anonymous

    I want one

  • Anonymous

    I want one

  • Anonymous

    I want one

  • http://www.facebook.com/leroy.archer LeRoy Archer

    not much of a gnome fan…..but these are cool!

  • http://www.facebook.com/terrill.mcginley Terrill McGinley

    maybe add a belt clip mounted knife too. love this design. could have a great laugh seein these in my garden, protecting from rabbits!..LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/terrill.mcginley Terrill McGinley

    maybe add a belt clip mounted knife too. love this design. could have a great laugh seein these in my garden, protecting from rabbits!..LOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JXLGU7TI6VFLH7DDVW34JCT4S4 Bokey DaBear

    Y’know, the gnomes are wearing Liberty Caps… just like the one in the seal of the U.S. Senate.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JXLGU7TI6VFLH7DDVW34JCT4S4 Bokey DaBear

    Y’know, the gnomes are wearing Liberty Caps… just like the one in the seal of the U.S. Senate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Teddy-Grijalva-Holtry/814409569 Teddy Grijalva Holtry

    Dig it….as a combat Vet,and cartoonist, I wish I knew how to cast this stuff my self I’d be having ALL this stuff over my garden.(from Woodland in the other valley)

  • John Sheppard

    Cute gnomes, but instead of the normal blue and red. Why don’t you
    put him in camouflage? Military or hunters would like that.
    JOHN