A carved lid box for my Daughter who loves Orangutans #1: The idea germinates

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Blog entry by wyeth posted 12-15-2009 09:39 AM 918 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a new idea for the series of sliding lid boxes that I have been making for the girls for Christmas. So far I have completed four but my daughter is leaving for the Philippines and then Borneo just before Christmas and one reason is to fulfil a long dream of seeing Orang utans.My teenage grandson suggested I do an Orangutan for her box lid. I thought OK but how? First lets find some images and print them in monochrome off the net and then sketch a few images.
first images

and some sketching

The idea of a whole animal seems too much but what about a head and one hand and the hand could serve as the handle for the lid locking pin?

hand sketches
I’m thinking as a novice wood carver I am going to need more than a few rough sketches. Some sort of 3D model seems necessary and then I am suddenly transported back 60 years to kindergarten and Plasticine but do they still make that stuff? Maybe its been replaced by Playdo which is not the same – it dries out. A quick trip to town and the toy shops and Eureka !
Now the fun starts————
What do you think
and again – the box was already made from a very old and very hard bearer from a 100 year old house.
Hey Presto
My daughter will like it rough corners and all- because it is recycled- as long as I can smooth it enough to prevent splinters and fill some defects with araldite and carbon dust. to be continued——

-- David Australia

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#1 posted 12-15-2009 04:21 PM

You have my attention. This looks like a new departure in box making and I look forward to seeing how it turns out.
BTW, the photos are very good.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#2 posted 12-16-2009 01:39 AM

Hello—I randomly came across your series of posts while doing a google search for orangutan carvings… and was stunned by your box. You’ve created something so beautiful! Well done!

Please have your daughter check out the Orangutan Outreach website…

Just curious—do you ever carve with the wood from sugar palms (arengas)? Strong gorgeous wood indigenous to most of Indonesia…

Take care, Rich

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