Hand Carved Kokopelli

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Project by TrueWoodcarvings posted 10-14-2013 10:42 AM 878 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Kokopelli flute player is one of many ceremonial dolls used to teach young Hopi children about the Hopi culture and the various ceremonies that are a part of the Hopi life. This Kokopelli has Hopi designs that give reference to life giving rain from the cloud and rain designs to the different paths taken during our lives. The flute is decorated with the mountain design.

This Kokopelli has been carved from basswood and painted with acrylics and finished with an oil-based antique wash. It measures 1/2”d x 3 1/4”w x 6 1/2”h. The base was carved separately from basswood to resemble the rock cliffs from Arizona. The base is 7/8”d x 2 3/4”w x 3 3/4”l.


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#1 posted 10-14-2013 06:57 PM

Nice work. Have a friend that loves these. May have to try this.

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#2 posted 10-17-2013 04:20 PM

Beautiful and interesting carving piece. Like the colors and the kids will get more fun learning. Great job!

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#3 posted 10-17-2013 04:24 PM

This is a nice carving. It’s an eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 10-17-2013 04:25 PM

Very nice.

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