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  • 19 August 2011, 10:25

Combat garden gnomes

Combat garden gnomes /Rex

A US serviceman has come up with an unusual sideline - selling combat garden gnomes.

US Naval Reserve officer Shawn Thorsson says he came up with the idea because he wanted a military presence in his garden.

The 34-year-old, from Petaluma, California, explains: "I have no formal sculpting training. I've always been fond of tinkering in my workshop though.

"While I was in Afghanistan someone sent me a package of those cheap plastic green army men as a gag.

"Some months later I was out at sea on a container ship and had a lot more down time. I was mulling over what else I could do with little green plastic army men.

"I was also thinking of sculpting out some comical garden gnomes. It didn't take long before these two ideas merged and I started sketching out Combat Garden Gnomes."

Shawn is now selling his combat gnomes on online marketplace Etsy.com - 25 each or painted ones for 35.