Hand carved Koala

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Project by TJ65 posted 02-25-2021 04:57 AM 961 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have FINALLY managed to complete this order from last year. I deferred it until I had more brain power to nut it out as I had a lot of Christmas orders to get out.

I am so pleased that I did as it as I am quite pleased with it considering that I have never carved a koala at all.
I initially wanted to carve it all as one piece- the stand, back rest etc. However things turned out totally different. I broke the base while carving and then decided to cut off the back rest in lieu of a real branch that I found in the paddock.

That then had to be attached some how, so I screwed in on, filled the large-ish gap with PVA glue mixed with wood shavings and sawdust. Once dry did a layer of shop bought wood filler, then painted it.

Haven’t yet added it to my social pages but there are some work in progress shots if you want to check them out.
Theresa’s Treasures at Derrymore-


-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 02-25-2021 05:18 AM

That is really cool! I love it! My wife got to hold a Koala when we were in Australia.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 02-25-2021 11:11 AM

It’s so cool!...Magnificant carving!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 02-25-2021 11:12 AM

Nice work once more,,,different than carving birds , and this once stands still for he picture. bravo keep your little fingers busy.

-- andrek

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#4 posted 02-25-2021 11:32 AM

Very nice.

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#5 posted 02-25-2021 12:16 PM

Nicely done, and a great job with the mounting, looks natural

-- Eric, building the dream

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#6 posted 02-25-2021 02:50 PM

beautiful work i wish i had your talent.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 02-25-2021 04:22 PM

He’s absolutely wonderful. Your work is outstanding.

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#8 posted 02-25-2021 04:24 PM

Great carving!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#9 posted 02-25-2021 06:06 PM

I agree, great work. how big is it?

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#10 posted 02-25-2021 08:03 PM

Very cool! Too bad your initial idea didn’t work out, but you recovered well. Nice one….

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#11 posted 02-25-2021 09:40 PM

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#12 posted 02-25-2021 10:07 PM

Thanks guys.
Carving this certainly was different from the birds. The koala is approximately 8cm high. This is showing where I burnt some detail and burn off some hard to carve areas, also to give you an idea of size.

-- Theresa,

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#13 posted 02-25-2021 10:20 PM

That change in plans looks to me was a good thing. I don’t see how you could have mounted that as beautifully as you ended up doing. Just love the base you came up with.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#14 posted 02-25-2021 10:57 PM


I think the branch turned out to be a great thing.

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

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#15 posted 02-25-2021 11:19 PM

Cool! You’ve done a nice job on it!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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