Carved,Burned & Painted Kokeshi Doll

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Project by Dalbergian posted 11-22-2009 06:31 PM 1874 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry about the quality of pics,I can only think it’s the swimming pools of coffee I consume on a daily basis that are making things so blurry!
Anyway,this is one of my turned,carved,burned & painted Kokeshi Dolls.She is a solid billet of Scottish Sycamore that was first roughly hewn from a 9 inch diameter log using my Gransfor Bruks Forest axe,the ends squared on the bandsaw then mounted on my engineers lathe to be turned to a cylinder.This allows a perfect cylinder to be achieved very quickly & accurately.The dome of her head was finished with skew chisel,gouge & sanded to 600grit,the base finished with only skew.
Once I had the basic shape I started work on the features with my 0.5mm 2H pencil.There is minimal carving,basically just enough to define the jawline & the sleeves of the Kimono,just under 2mm deep.I did this using all 5 of my Pfeil palm carving tools & my trusty Swann-Morton No.3 scalpel with a No.11 blade.
Once I had the carving complete it was onto the Pyrography.This is a technique that invloves burning a design into a light coloured wood with what is essentially a soldering iron.Some of them can be a little more sophisticated with adjustable temperature but mine is essentially a tiny wee poker with changeable brass tips.Although I only created thin,uniform lines in this doll,in the right hands Pyrography can be used to great effect in creating shade,depth & form.I burned in the hair,eyes & pattern in the Kimono,if there’s a line it’s burned.
I used model makers enamel paint,matt for the hair & trim on the Kimono,gloss for the face & checks.There are still a few wee patches that need touching up but I’ve been wanting to post this for some time (I took the axe to the log over a year ago & although she only took about 25 accumulated hours to get to this point it seems a whole lot longer….).
She is 402mm tall & 77mm in diameter.

-- "Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible." ~ Frank Zappa

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#1 posted 11-22-2009 06:38 PM

cool doll most unique

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#2 posted 11-22-2009 07:30 PM

Very cute! I like the hair style! She’s really adorable!

-- "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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#3 posted 11-22-2009 07:36 PM

Beautiful work ….I saw the kokeshi dolls demonstrated at the AAW national in Kansas and later purchased a kokeshi nativity set for my wife for christmas …...would like to see more

-- Ray,Iowa

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#4 posted 11-22-2009 10:10 PM

beautiful !!!

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

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#5 posted 11-30-2009 09:29 PM

great looking doll.

-- hardwood, South Carolina,

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