Carved Celtic Cat

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Project by KnotCurser posted 02-15-2014 02:16 PM 924 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was created as a Valentine’s Day gift for my lovely wife.

Being my first attempt at any kind of carving, I think I made every step of the way much more difficult than I could have.

I used Poplar, which I found out later is quite difficult to carve with hand tools.

I used bench chisels and not carving tools. I didn’t own any carving tools, so I made do.

This guy took a lot of effort, but my wife loved it and that’s what matters in the end!

It’s around 16 inches high and started out as 3/4” stock.

Finished with some tinted wax I made for this purpose.

By the way, I now have some really good carving burrs for my Dremel that makes this work a breeze! ;-)



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 02-15-2014 04:49 PM

I bet your wife is happy with this as a valentine gift ,very fitting .
Very nice but now that you have made a knot you wont be cursing them anymore .LOL
May the Easter bunny will bring some nice carving knifes .

-- Kiefer 松

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#2 posted 02-15-2014 05:58 PM

Cool. Nice effect with the head and tail.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#3 posted 02-15-2014 08:48 PM

Nice one!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 02-16-2014 12:23 AM

Just cut away everything that doesn’t look like a Celtic Cat. No prob. :)
Great job !!! Wonderful gift !!!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#5 posted 02-16-2014 01:38 AM

damKool ! great gift !

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#6 posted 02-16-2014 03:40 AM

Very Nice indeed Bob! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Can You Hear The Toilet Flushing?

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#7 posted 02-16-2014 04:14 AM

very cool! A great first carving.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 02-16-2014 03:32 PM

I too think it is a great carving. The cat looks great. Your wife is very lucky I love getting homemade gifts from my family.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#9 posted 02-16-2014 03:43 PM

Nice and neat. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 02-16-2014 10:03 PM


-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 02-24-2014 07:13 PM

Very nice.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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