Part 1 of the Project will be fonts, materials for the casks, the tools I used, and basic overview of assembly. Done in Part 1
Part 2 of the Project will consist of the hog head itself (yes, let that sink in we will be removing a head off of a stuffed hog and mounting it on the wall. Otherwise, it’s not a full re-creation)
The two photos directly below are some I snapped while we were in the Hog’s Head Pub at WWoHP recently.
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The outcome of this project is so amazingly awesome. It wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. Let’s start with a list of supplies, then we can begin.
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-First you need a Hog. This is the cutest one I could find at a reasonable price. I named him Edgar.
-Sharp scissors or X-acto knife
-Staple gun with 1/4″ (6.35 mm) staples
–Wood Plaque 6 X 5.5 INCHES fits this little guy perfectly
-Brushes to apply stain/polyurethane
-Water to clean brushes as needed
-Mineral Spirits for clean up
-Dish/plate/palette to hold brushes
-Place to stain/polyurethane. I like to use my old “painted over” flexible cutting mat and/or some folded up boxes to make clean up super easy
-Phillips screwdriver or drill/power driver with Phillips screwdriver bit
-Spare piece of 3/4″ thick wood big enough to cut a 4″ circle for a backing block to attach the hog head to the plaque. You can find a 4″ circle piece of pine from a craft store in the wood section, or if you are super handy you can use a saw to cut one from 1×6 scrap. Please be careful!
Directions for prepping the plaque
Sand the plaque
Stain to your desired color. Allow to dry and cure.
Apply Polyurethane all to dry and cure.
Now…the part I was unsure about…cutting the Hog!
It’s OK. Really it is! It is a toy, it’s not real and it’s going to look great! Trust me. First, I looked at all sides of the plushie to see how much material I had to work with. To allow myself extra room in case of error, I started in the middle of the back. Then cut around towards the forelegs then around to the back, leaving plenty of material on the front (head) segment to wrap around and staple to the 4″ backing block. Remember, you can always trim the fabric back, but you can’t add more! Try to retain as much of the stuffing as possible, or add some from the body to make the head firm. See photo below
Mounting the head to the backing block
Cut a 4″ circle from the 1×6 scrap, or use your pre-cut piece of wood for the backing block to attach to the back of the head. Note: I watched a few YouTube videos in which they just glued the head on and it didn’t work out well at all. The stapling method is far superior, believe you me! Insert the wooden circle into the back of the hog head, pulling the extra material around the circle evenly so the circle is under the fabric. Snug it up as much as possible.
Now, take the extra material and staple around the perimeter to the wooden circle in the head so it seals up nicely. See above. Trim as needed so that the wood can fit flush onto the plaque.
Position Edgar on the plaque. Drill 3 holes through the plaque and countersink holes, if necessary. Attach Edgar using 3 screws as shown below. You can use standard picture hanging hardware, but the plaque will hang much flatter to the wall if you drill a shallow hanging hole in the back at an angle as shown below (I used a 3/8″ drill).
Isn’t he Awesome? I think we did a good job re-creating the Hog’s Head atmosphere at home. We hope you enjoyed this presentation, and thank you for hanging out with us.
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