Michael Craughwell, better known as "Michaelcthulhu," takes being a weapon-smith to the next level. Fueled by a passion for video games and other forms of fantasy entertainment, he has built a career recreating some of the most iconic giant weapons of all time.
Having grown up in the 1980s, his interest in fantasy games and stories was always prominent. From a young age, he already began fashioning "Mad Max" style weapons from anything he could find -- scraps, wood, etc. As he got older and his craft improved, he attended art school, where he had access to proper tools that allowed him to work with steel. From there, his work only got better.
He started posting on YouTube around a decade ago and has since built a career off of selling weapons to customers via request, far from the days where Craughwell attended trade shows to show off his wares. Since then, he has accumulated nearly a million subscribers and over 65 million total views on his page. At about a rate of one weapon per month, the workload for just one piece is extremely heavy.
Almost any weapon can be requested, but with hundreds of requests coming a week, you have to be ready to deal out some significant cash to buy one, with $2,000 builds being among the cheapest. Since he consistently posts videos of his work process online, any builds that haven't been made already are prioritized for the sake of viewing pleasure. He works to make sure the details and scale are as accurate as possible, sacrificing only its width to be able to lift the weapon.
Craughwell's work is definitely a cut above anything standard, and the amount of work showcased in his videos is a testament to the dedication he has for his craft.
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