Friday, August 22, 2014

The Creator of Beautiful Dam Things

Thomas Dam was born in Denmark on October 2, 1909.  He loved and spent most of his life in his hometown of Argir, a village in the Faroe Islands.  On January 11, 1986, he passed away, just before the second "troll craze" hit.

Maria Joensen Dam, wife, sews and stuffs troll dolls - while Thomas Dam "puts on the finishing touches".

Thomas Dam in his later years, enjoying the ocean breezes of the Faroe Islands.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Of All the Dam Horses, . . .

. . . this one is my favorite!

This photograph of Thomas Dam and his largest equine creation was taken in Denmark sometime during the early-to-mid 1960s.

Original (No Restoration Needed) "Iggy Normous" Cave Trolls



Thursday, May 23, 2013

Restored "Iggy Normous" Cave Troll


In the 1960s, the largest Dam dolls on the market were known as the "Iggy Normous" trolls.  They were anywhere from 10.5 to 12 inches in height (not including the hair).  Probably the best known of the Iggy Normous Trolls was Dam's Cave Troll.  This 1964 version of the Cave Troll originally had a 2-inch, (cream colored) plastic, sharp-tooth or bear-claw piece hanging from his neck.  "Ugh" was missing this before I got him - so, I replaced it with an authentic Bison (American Buffalo) tooth.  White Icelandic mohair now takes the place of his once rotting gray hair.  Real rabbit fur, dyed in a leopard pattern, now covers his body - instead of the original deteriorating costume.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

HAPPY, HAPPY, JOY, JOY!  I will soon be retiring from over-the-road trucking and will soon be free to return to my troll hobby (and the wonderful on-line community associated with it).

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Centaur Troll

In 2005, the moderator/member of DAMTHINGS Yahoo Group suggested that a "Centaur Troll" be created. The moderator, Goblin King (AKA Adam), then followed up on his suggestion by writing to the Danish maker of modern Dam trolls.

Many of us in the troll community crossed our fingers, hoping to see this new collector's item become a reality. Unfortunately, either because the prototype would be too complicated or too expensive to manufacture, the Centaur Troll was never even put on a drawing board.

In 2006, I tried to put together a simple Centaur design. My artistic daughter, Candace, drew the idea. We then e-mailed the proposed troll and sketches to the then APS (formerly Norfin) Company in Denmark.

Alas, the Centaur troll was not to be . . .

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Restoration of an Animal Troll

This is an underside photo of a large Dam donkey, severely marked and with rotting hair, before restoration.

This is the underside photo of the same troll, after ink-removal treatment and with mane & tail replacement. "Vee have vays of making zee schribbles go kaput . . ."




He is one Dam handsome donkey!