Orca whale

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Project by roha2236 posted 04-09-2018 12:06 AM 989 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend approached me with a project a little while back…he asked if I could make an Orca whale for his daughter’s birthday out of wood from his property. It’s her favorite animal, and made from trees off his property it would have some extra meaning too. Never one to shy away from a challenge I said of course I’d give it a go. He gave me one picture to work from and a glued up block of wood (Butternut).

First I cut the side profile on my bandsaw, then glued the pieces back on (to have a stable base) to cut the top-down shape. After a lot of sanding and shaping it ended up resembling a whale…

I wanted to put more detail in the tail, but I resisted because I was terrified of breaking it off.

Just a fun little challenge that I wanted to share.

-- Roman

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#1 posted 04-09-2018 12:43 AM

Pretty darn COOL! Nice job. I particularly like the way the grain turned out.

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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#2 posted 04-09-2018 06:02 AM

Great job! Sure to become a favorite of the recipient!

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 04-09-2018 12:24 PM

Nicely done. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at some carving. I might have to try that.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 04-09-2018 01:42 PM

I like the way the grain seems to emanate from the dorsal fin.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#5 posted 04-09-2018 04:00 PM

Beautifully executed in all aspects.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 04-09-2018 05:22 PM

You have done a beautiful job on this whale.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 04-10-2018 02:49 PM

Realy beautiful.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 04-11-2018 10:41 AM

I love what you have made. You have inspired me to have a go at the very same, from plywood. Thank you.

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