Mar 31, 2014 • By

The Golden Doughboy

R. Toby Linwood, from Portland, Ore., has had a lot of interesting jobs over the years. He’s been a lead designer, art director, graphic designer, interior designer, painter, muralist and 3-D modeler.

“I have created some really fun things, and I am always looking for a great project to keep my hands full.”

Linwood, owner of Three 4ths Designs, definitely had his hands full making the Golden Doughboy trophies that were awarded at the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest last November in Las Vegas.


Glori Spriggs, with her “Golden Doughboy” trophy, after she won the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest.

“They asked if creating small trophies was a project that I would be interested in. I have made a few, similar sculpture pieces, but Pillsbury and the Bake-Off Contest, this was a big deal!”

A Golden Doughboy, which emulates several prestigious awards, is about 12 ½ inches tall and three inches wide.

To create the 3-D trophies, Linwood began with 2-D pictures. He referred to some images of the Pillsbury Doughboy, the iconic mascot also known as Poppin’ Fresh.

“I redrew these images to the full scale of the trophies. Then, I made a clay model that matched the proportions of my drawing. Once the clay master version was complete, a few layers of paint were added to seal the clay. A mold was then created. I built a rotocaster (centrifugal caster) so that hollow casts could then be poured. Gold paint was then applied.”

It took Linwood about two full working days to create the clay master. The rest of the process took him about a week.

Linwood made Golden Doughboy statuettes for the seven contest prize winners in Las Vegas. He has a few incomplete test pieces at home. Even though they didn’t make it to the 46th Bake-Off Contest, the pieces are still cherished.

“A nearly complete and unpainted one, in particular, my four-year-old daughter tied a pink ribbon around and claims as her own,” he says.

The trophy project wasn’t Linwood’s first time working on the famous character. Earlier in the year, he made a large version of the Pillsbury Doughboy.


The Doughboy statue appeared at the Bake-Off Contest but was made for the company’s annual sales meeting.

Linwood created three other mascots for the meeting: the Jolly Green Giant, Lucky from Lucky Charms and BuzzBee from Honey Nut Cheerios.

The mascots, carved from huge chunks of Styrofoam, were just shy of eight feet tall and three feet wide. Linwood had a small team of people helping him with the big endeavor.


“I was under a really tight time crunch by the time the project got started, and I had about three days to sculpt each of these pieces (12 days total), and a few days to finish, paint and ship.”

Linwood has also done pieces for Visa, Bank of America, CBS, The Hartford, the Super Bowl and World Cup.

But, he says, making Golden Doughboy trophies for the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest is something he, and the winners in Las Vegas, will remember.

“It was great being part of something so memorable and lasting. I have had many previous pieces get retired after the events that they were for … Creating a Golden Doughboy trophy as a prize for a Bake-Off finalist, that’s something that will never be forgotten, at least by the winners.”

Editor’s note: Recipes are currently being accepted for the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest, which will be held in November in Nashville.