Chipmunk/Squirrel Carving

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I carved this chipmunk for my wife as a Christmas present in 2008. I’m not really sure if it’s a chipmunk or a squirrel. The reason why I don’t know is because I purchased it as a rough-out, it came with a few pictures of what it’s suppose to look like, and although the picture labeled itself as a chipmunk, it had more squirrel qualities in my opinion. Anyway, my wife likes it so that’s all that matters.

After carving it I burned in the hair, applied a base coat of paint and then dry brushed the rest of the paint on.

I did this project at the Wood Chip Shop in Des Moines where I was taking a carving class. If you’re in Des Moines, that’s the place to go to learn carving. Inside the store, there are many completed carving projects which is inspiring. Some carvings are the owner’s and some are the student’s. It’s neat to see what other people are working on and what can be done with a lot of practice.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#1 posted 02-15-2009 04:24 PM

Thats really a cute little guy there, nice job. As far as wether it’s a squirrel or chipmunk goes, well, maybe it’s mommy was a chipmunk, and she liked the big squirrel kindof guy. ???

-- Dan Wiggins

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#2 posted 02-15-2009 04:57 PM

this is great!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 02-15-2009 05:13 PM

Great job there, I tried carving one time and then gave away my knives,, What type of wood do you use mostly.

-- Doug Cedar Log Furniture,

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#4 posted 02-15-2009 05:42 PM

He’s adorable! It looks to be a squirrel to me. I don’t believe chipmunks have long, bushy tails, just nubs for tails. They don’t climb trees, but can run like heck and have stripes of golden brown & white. Really cute buggers. As for the squirrels, they’re cute but very distructive. They’ve eaten the 2×4” pressure treated wood railing that was rectangular down to a rounded curve to sharpen their teeth. Since we feed the wildlife shelled peanuts, you’d think they’d have the decency to leave the house and porch alone.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 02-15-2009 11:56 PM


I mostly use basswood because it’s affordable. It doesn’t stain really well but it does paint nicely and is a great wood to carve. Butternut is also very easy to carve but it costs more and tupelo is also a very popular wood to use except it’s my understanding that tupelo is better carved by power tools. I’m not sure why.

mmh – Your description of squirrel destruction is funny and true. My boss had a similar situation. One day we received an e-mail from him labeled, “I’ve got squirrels in the attic!”. Initially, we thought he finally came to the realization that he wasn’t all there. However, he literally had a squirrel that chewed through the siding of his house next to his chimney and it entered the attic space. I guess it caused a major mess and he had to not only patch the hole but evict the squirrels. I wish had had video footage of that.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#6 posted 10-28-2017 02:42 PM

This is a very nice carving. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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