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Akwaaba/Ashanti/Earth Mother/Fertility Doll Project.

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Project by Richard posted 06-29-2011 08:43 PM 3744 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello, fellow chip-monks.
This is my interpetation of a form of African Fertility or Earth Mother doll.
They are not toys. These were given to young women at their coming of age and were carried/’fed’/cared for by them as a training aid and an open sign of availabily for marriage. They were used to insure beautiful and numerous children.

Stock is recycled, scrap 1”x8” white pine shelving glued to create 2” x 8” x 18”
Finished size is, roughly, 12”h x 6”w.

The first photo is my ‘pattern’. (novica.com)
Most of the time I just need something to look at and freehand the rest of the way.
The project is still in at ‘ROUGHED IN’ status as I am currently finishing another customized one at a co-worker’s request.
Still have hours of sitting, standing, sweating, swearing, shaping, sanding, singing/talking to myself and the buhl-dawgies or… most important… making dust… lots and lots and lots of dust (wheeeeeee!).
When she is completly shaped in, she will get two or three coats of “Valspar” black satin, maybe some edge aging, beading and then, brass rings from jawline to shoulders and arms and ankles.

Will update when I can… headed to Portland, Oregon at 0500hrs, tomorrow and offline.
Will be back on 05JUL11

Drive carefully… that last speed bump yelped. (wiggy-ism)

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.





9 comments so far

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Les Hastings

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#1 posted 06-30-2011 12:53 AM

Great start Wiggy! You’ll get there one chip at at a time. That’s what I do. Hell I glue some chips back on!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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Richard

297 posts in 2004 days


#2 posted 06-30-2011 01:29 AM

Glue them back on… ha! I am not above mixing wood glue with dust and chips to fill in areas that I have over cut or shaped… well, that and, YES, I have used wood filler to reshape an over ground area.
Not working on a damn thing, tonight… 104* now… just too hot… screw it.. or nail it… glue it. :?)

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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jeffro

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#3 posted 06-30-2011 09:47 AM

This is a cool project, portland you should stop by thats 4 hours from my place ill send you home with some sweet carving stock.

-- Jeffro,knockonwood

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DonnyBahama

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#4 posted 07-11-2011 07:32 PM

Gorgeous! Does she have a sister? ;)

-- Founding member of the (un)Official LumberJock's Frugal Woodworking Society - http://lumberjocks.com/topics/29451

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DonnyBahama

215 posts in 1998 days


#5 posted 07-11-2011 07:35 PM

Wiggy, did you visit Jeffro’s shop while you were there? Lucky devil, I’d give my left pinky for that opportunity!

-- Founding member of the (un)Official LumberJock's Frugal Woodworking Society - http://lumberjocks.com/topics/29451

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Richard

297 posts in 2004 days


#6 posted 07-11-2011 07:35 PM

Wish I could have come by… Southern Washington, Astoria, Portland and all the areas between… Seaside, Gearheart… wow… beautiful… great food/beer/wine.
Can’t wait to sell this place and get moved.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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Jon

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#7 posted 07-14-2011 06:10 PM

i LOVE these, very cool…!

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Richard

297 posts in 2004 days


#8 posted 07-15-2011 12:37 AM

Thanks, Jon. If it ever cools off a little, I plan on finishing the last one. The low, tonight is 86*. (sigh…)

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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Josh Carte

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#9 posted 07-28-2015 02:38 PM

Nice work, Richard :) I’m not above gluing or adding on, either, from time to time. CA glue is a wonderful thing :)

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoshCarteArt

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