I've been itching to make another Wooden Dummy for years and the opportunity finally has come. This time I will be making a few. One for me to keep and two others to sale.
My first Mook Jong was based on plans that Jerry Poteet made for Bruce Lee. The Dummy Jerry made ended up at Daniel Lee's house. Unfortunately when I saw this at Dan's house when I trained with him it wasn't really taken care of.
I'm not sure what base I plan on using at this time but I do want to make it more portable because I move residences quite a bit. My original wooden dummy mounted to the wall so this will be freestanding of some kind.
My main focus is for it to have a springing energy that is not passive. The Wing Chun dummy is incredible for developing explosive energy in addition to honing techniques. I'll be filming demos of this for sure.
The first step was creating the traditional arms which my Dad created with laminated hickory.
These will take a beating for sure. Jerry Poteet often described that baseball bats shaved down are some of the best wood for dummy arms. He showed me a set he made with steel cable inserted that offered a great spring and resistance.
My first dummy was made out of laminating and screwing boards together because I want to go the traditional route I needed to find a tree trunk. It took a few days of emailing and phone calls so I was lucky enough to get in touch with a tree removal company in Ontario, CA and they were extremely helpful.
The type of wood available depends on what they have recently cut. I was introduced to Acacia which is similar to Walnut and will make a beautiful dummy. Camphor was available which is also going to be very nice and the one I plan on selling. Then there is Redwood which is a soft wood but has amazing cracks in it that I plan on doing some experimentation on. If it goes well this will also be for sale.
I found the straightest pieces I could but there will be lots of fun sanding nonetheless.
If you are interested in the Camphor piece let me know and I can make it according to your specifications. I'm willing to sale the trunk only if you have your own stand, arms, and legs.
I'll be posting progress shots and document as much as I can. If you have any questions please comment below or send an email on my contact page.