Japanese Kokechi (Traditional doll)

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Project by mafe posted 04-16-2012 07:40 AM 2852 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Japanese Kokechi
Traditional doll.

Here is a little fast and easy project. It can be made as a project with kids by the lathe or as for me simply for fun and pleasure.

As often before a piece of trash… a cut of from an old parasol stand.

You can read more about these wonderful dolls here:

1. My go on the traditional Kokechi.
2. Recycle.
3. Shaping, this is where you can play with your imagination.
4. Finish.
5. Painting while on the lathe.
6. MaFe Kokechi.

For those of you who wonder why I’m not so much around LJ as usual, I have good news. I am moving. Moving to a new place where there is no workshop…
How can this be good news?
Since I have met a wonderful woman and am moving in with her.
This will not mean I will get no workshop; I’m going to rent one close to home and then build up a new workshop again.
But it will mean that for a while I will have only access to my Japanese tools and so this post will be the beginning of a Japanese tools and use post and blog series.

I hope this could be to some inspiration, perhaps even some dolls…

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 04-16-2012 07:51 AM

Very nice Mads. Without wishing to offend any Japanese dolls out there, if you drilled a hole through it, it would also make a nice light pull too.

Congrats again on your relationship and I hope you find a suitable workshop space nearby. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to watch you turning Japanese. You know we will accept nothing less than the full costume (silk pyjamas etc.) :-)

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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David Grimes

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#2 posted 04-16-2012 08:16 AM

Good job, Mads. I bet that was fun.

I second the congrats on the wonderful woman and look forward to your future projects whenever you return. Take care.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 04-16-2012 09:05 AM

Congratulations Mads! I am very happy for you, and a bit unhappy for us, at least until you get a new shop. I remember some FWW mag. articles by a guy who did his Japanese woodworking on his small porch. He is quite a craftsman and makes some beautiful things. I am sure you will too. It will be fun to follow you in your Japanese reincarnation. I have missed your full participation on LJ lately, but love trumps all, so it’s good to hear that life is treating you well now. Best wishes. Love the doll!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 04-16-2012 10:43 AM

Nice little project . I had been wondering where you were, congrats on the move!

-- Jeff,

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#5 posted 04-16-2012 11:24 AM

Hey congrats Mads on your news! Great project to show your creativity. I hope all the best with getting your shop up again and will look forward to more on your new blog series.

All the best!


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#6 posted 04-16-2012 11:45 AM

Nice work Mads! Great Job on the doll, Congrats on the move and the getting of a new workshop.
I look forward to all of your projects, and will so on the Japanese ones.
Good luck in your new venture and to be close to your wonderful love.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#7 posted 04-16-2012 12:05 PM

Nice. What a cute little doll.

And congrats. Love beats all the woodworking there is. Enjoy.

And don’t forget us,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 04-16-2012 12:22 PM

Hi Mads, that is a neat project that can be whipped out pretty quickly. They would make nice gifts for kids, too.
Nice going, my friend,........................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 04-16-2012 12:36 PM

very good. Good luck with your move

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 04-16-2012 12:39 PM


all you need is





-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 04-16-2012 12:59 PM

Hey Mads,

Life has been spinning on the right side for you lately. I’m very glad that most aspects of your life is getting better and better.

I wish you success with your move, happyness in your new living area, heaven with your loved one and patience until you build your new shop. Meanwhile, I’m sure your brain won’t stay on neutral!

All the Best,


-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#12 posted 04-16-2012 01:00 PM

Nice little project Mads, hopefully the move doesnt keep you away for too long but congrats on the big step. Moving is always a big job.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#13 posted 04-16-2012 01:03 PM

A very nice little project! Daughters everywhere will want them!

Congratulations on your move—I wish you much happiness!


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#14 posted 04-16-2012 01:06 PM

Love it! I must make one!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 04-16-2012 03:21 PM

How nice is bring and receive good news

Congrats Mads !! Wish you both the best.

Now I understand where Playmobil come from.

-- Back home. Fernando

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