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first attempt at wood carving

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by MrGoodBytes, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. MrGoodBytes

    MrGoodBytes Senior member

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    been around woodshops my whole life but was never very hands on.

    made myself a totoro.

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    made some butcherblock out of antique sugar pine.
    wiskers and claws are bocote
    eyes and nose are madagascar ebony
    the base is a banksia nut

    no fancy tools used to make this (excluding the butcher block), just a dremel and a dozen sander drums.

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    in retrospect, this was not easy to make
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  2. imageWIS

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    Very well done, especially for a first effort. My first effort would have looked like:

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  3. impolyt_one

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    the beer and cigarettes win back 'man factor' from the Totoro
     
  4. MrGoodBytes

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    It was a gift, not a subject of my personal interests.
     
  5. dhaller

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    I think it's fantastic, especially for a first effort; with continued practice, I think you'll do some great work (you already seem to have a good sense of proportion and composition, if that's the right word).

    My father has worked wood for about 40 years now (he used to make me toys when I was little, which of course I under-appreciated at the time); definitely a lifelong hobby!

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  6. MrGoodBytes

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    the making of, if anyone is curious
    making the butcher block. I did this ~6 years ago as a feasibility study for a dashboard insert replacement for my project car. Once again its old growth sugar pine which mimics the characteristics of the wood that will be used for that project (soft and brittle). Its been sitting outside since it was made so I'm pretty certain that its stable. I had no idea what I was doing, this was just a guess on how I thought butcher block was made... I guess I was on the right track

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    make a frame and glue up the rows, clamp them down, and come back in a few hours
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    now glue the rows together
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    remove
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    and sand to shape, going with the grain.

    this is what it looked like when first put together (note the water stains and why it was used for practice work)
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    this is what it looked like a month ago
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    and a closeup, I love the continuity of the rings
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    first step was getting him to sit flush and balanced in the banksia nut... wow that was quite the challenge
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    got the rough shape and now it was all about getting the right shape of the feet and reproportionating the rest of the figure to fit
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    more work on proportioning

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    got some personality.
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    but the whole challenge was getting it to fit and stance well on the nut. super snug all around.
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    getting the ears squared away

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    I realized I dont own a saw and I'm too lazy to drive over to my dads workshop so I'm using the dremel to cut out my wood chunks (this is only going to end in a trip to the hospital :p )
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    ok so I need a whole bunch of cuts like this.
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    and I need to make 6 toothpick like wiskers and 12 claws
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    they are all going to be drilled and set in place so heres a rough practice run
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    first test fitting of the claws and wiskers.

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  7. Reggs

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    Did you steal that capsule from a bank? I always loved those things.
     
  8. MrGoodBytes

    MrGoodBytes Senior member

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    think self contained beta aquarium.... that's a much deeper project sitting at bat.
     
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