Wooden Napkin / re-visited

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Project by Les Hastings posted 04-07-2008 01:04 AM 2640 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was one of the first projects I posted at Lumberjocks. At that time I only had one picture of the thing. I recently contacted the gentleman that bought it at a fund rasing auction for the local art museum six years ago. He purchased it for $800.00 at the auction. He was kind enough to let be borrow it for the weekend to get more pictures of it and to show my wife.

Its made out of Mahogany. I carved it over a weekend, it took around sixteen hours to complete. It was then bleached and white washed and top coated.

A real cloth dinner napkin was taken and placed hanging off a board as a visual guide. As you can see in the photo’s the folds that were in the real one were duplicated as well.

I hope you enjoy as much as I did making it. It was a lot of fun to make, just wish I would of had more time to spend on it.

<wooden napkin 2

<wooden napkin 1

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

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#1 posted 04-07-2008 01:30 AM

wow how could you do that. That is really neat. Intresting choice to sculpt. 16 hours is alot of time and you should be tour of your woodworking accomplishment.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#2 posted 04-07-2008 02:20 AM

That is something special, it amazes me you could even think of producing something like that.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#3 posted 04-07-2008 02:31 AM

These projects are great. I love it. You got good results bleaching and whitening the mahogany. Nice post.

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#4 posted 04-07-2008 03:09 AM


Thanks for re-posting this one. I really enjoyed seeing the carving when you first posted it. But the different angles just make it a wonderful piece.

By the way I was so taken with the piece itself I forgot to ask how you finished it. So what type of finish did you put on it?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 04-07-2008 03:21 AM

This is INCREDIBLE!!! I don’t know what else to say!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 04-07-2008 03:53 AM

That is very cool. I would have thought it was real!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 04-07-2008 04:22 AM

Way cool. One of my earliest recollections of what wood could be made into was at a gallery in Atlanta back in the early ‘80s. One of the most striking displays was that of a coffee table covered with the remnants of a party from the night before. Except that EVERYTHING on the table was made from wood. Smashed cigarettes in an overflowing ashtray, bent bottle caps, an empty matchbook, cups, glasses, crumbs, potato chips, a television remote sitting in a puddle of beer and not to be out done, a folded piece of paper under one leg of the table. Again, ALL made of wood. So your napkin reminds me of that trompe l’oeil toure de force.



-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#8 posted 04-07-2008 04:27 AM

Absolutely gorgeous!!!

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 04-07-2008 06:40 AM

Thanks for posting this one again – I enjoyed it this time too. It is an amazing piece.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 04-07-2008 07:29 AM

WOW . . . did I mention WOW . . . oh! and BTW . . . . . WOW!!! :)

-- Anchul - Warrensburg, MO: As a Pastor, I am just trying to get closer to Jesus. He was a woodworker too.

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#11 posted 04-07-2008 03:34 PM

Fun, artistic and unique. A great combination with great craftsmanship.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 04-08-2008 04:54 AM

Exquisite in every detail. You are a true craftsman. Thank you for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 04-08-2008 02:08 PM

it looks like everyone else has already used the best compliments… I’ll go with freaking fantastic!

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#14 posted 04-08-2008 02:18 PM

That is absolutely amazing. At first, I thought that it was just an unfolded napkin that you were going to make napkin rings for. Once it was propped up and held its shape, I was shocked.

Great Job!

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#15 posted 04-09-2008 05:25 AM

Very impressive. It is the simple, overlooked things that are the hardest to reproduce. Very well done.


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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