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Project by NoKetchup posted 874 days ago 1434 views 2 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hope this is ok to submit, I have never carved before and have very little woodworking experience. Its a Totoro, one of those japanese animation characters.

The body is antique sugar pine butcher block I made
claws and wiskers are bocote
face parts are madagascar ebony
I forget offhand the tree the nut comes from

I used a radial arm saw and bench planar for the butcher block but everything else is 100% dremel and a piece of sandpaper. The parts are all Mr Potato head style press fit (I do have several different mouths for him that are fun to switch up).

All said it was about 40 hours, but I think it made a mighty fine xmas gift to the missus. I learned a lot of lessons and looking forward to picking up some new tools to try some more difficult projects.





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lizardhead

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#1 posted 874 days ago

I would have called it Fat Cat

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woodworm

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#2 posted 874 days ago

It is Gorgeous!

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shinju

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#3 posted 874 days ago

Very nice,great job…..shinju

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 874 days ago

Considering it’s your first attempt at carving, I would say it’s pretty dang good. Fat Cat would wouldn’t be a bad name. On the next one you could put a big cigar in his mouth and a stack full of money in his hand. Seriously, I think that this carving shows a lot of imaginative creativity. Stay at it and I believe that you will do good with carving.

helluvawreck

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nick85

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#5 posted 874 days ago

That looks awesome! The nut is a banksia pod. I would suggest carving in the little marks on his belly, and maybe the outline, to ensure people know who it is…

-- "I suggest a new strategy, R2: let the Wookiee win."

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#6 posted 874 days ago

Thanks for the smile your carving provided me! Excellent!

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Woodtroll

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#7 posted 874 days ago

Great job!

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stefang

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#8 posted 874 days ago

This is really good, especially for a first. Don’t worry about your work being good enough to post. Anything goes on as long as its woodworking. Welcome to LJ.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Woodbridge

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#9 posted 874 days ago

very cute, very cool. thanks for posting your work it very good. welcome to LJs

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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AugieCoe

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#10 posted 874 days ago

Love it! For the first time at carving and shaping you really gave him a lot of personality!

Great work!

-- There is a lesson in every project. Play safe!

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Ben Simms

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#11 posted 874 days ago

My neighbor Totoro. great movie, a little odd but I liked it. Vary nice carving I knew immediately what it was from the thumbnail pic.

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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StumpyNubs

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#12 posted 874 days ago

Did you use my body shape as inspiration?

Thanks for posting!
Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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BlankMan

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#13 posted 874 days ago

I like that! Really cute. Good job on your first carving.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#14 posted 874 days ago

You wife will most definitely love this Christmas gift. You have a good eye for carving and I hope to see future pieces you create.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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shipwright

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#15 posted 874 days ago

Now that is just tooooooo cute!

Very well done for a first try.
Welcome to Lumberjocks. You’ll fit right in.

tip: In the future, use a landscape format photo for your first (main) view and it won’t get beheaded.

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