Faun Marionette

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Project by BillieAchilleos posted 03-15-2008 05:19 PM 5700 views 15 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first post, so I apologize if it’s rather amature.

I carved him in a couple of months at university. He is the first thing I’ve ever carved so I made alot of mistakes, which I seem to have covered up well.

To begin with I worked out the legs and arms in foam board, then make a mock up of one leg in pine, just to see what the problems might be. I used a band saw to make the profile of the pieces then shaped them out using various sanding tools and my gouges. I was very rushed when it came to finishing and it’s not a great job, I think I just didn’t sand meticulously enough before moving on to the next grade of paper. He was a great experience, but not enough of one. He’s turned out to be way to heavy to manipulate, and thus has ended up more like an articulated doll than a working puppet. I should have used Jelutong for the body, but couldn’t get any, and I really wanted to show off a nice wood grain. I didn’t want to hide the beauty of the wood.

I really want to make more, but alas since leaving university have no workshop space and it’s very hard to work in someone else’s. Eventually, once I’m supporting myself with a good job, I hope I will be able to get myself a band saw and a sturdy work bench so I can learn from the mistakes on this puppet, and make better ones.

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#1 posted 03-15-2008 05:54 PM

great looking carving … welcome to lumberjocks

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#2 posted 03-15-2008 06:06 PM

No need to apologize! You are certainly no amateur in the woodcarving department!

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#3 posted 03-15-2008 06:18 PM

Thanks for posting that Billie. Amateurish it certainly isn’t! You have some interesting constructional pics on your website too. Also, I think your necktie skirts are just great!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#4 posted 03-15-2008 06:38 PM

Looks great to me. Man, I wish I could carve like that!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 03-15-2008 06:53 PM

Wow! looks great. love the style.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 03-15-2008 06:56 PM

geeez! If you lived in Arizona I would give you my bandsaw with projects like that. It’s a shame you don’t have a shop. Find a way to keep those projects coming. That looks fantastic.

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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#7 posted 03-15-2008 07:12 PM

Fantastic first carving! Some say its not how good you are, but how good you are at fixing your mistakes.

Well done my friend!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#8 posted 03-15-2008 07:30 PM

What an incredible carving! Man if I could carve like that I wouldn’t be reading this post… great job! welcome to lumberjocks, you’ll fit in just fine here.

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#9 posted 03-15-2008 08:14 PM

I don’t know what you’re talking about Billie. I don’t see any mistakes. As a matter of fact, it’s quite exquisite. Good job.

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#10 posted 03-15-2008 09:32 PM


This is a great looking carving. It takes talent and vision to produce something like this. We tend to be too critical of our own work- focusing on perceived mistakes rather than on our successes. Usually these perceived “flaws” go unnoticed by others. You have a very nice piece here. Carving is one gift that was not imparted to me so I really enjoy seeing others display this talent.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#11 posted 03-15-2008 09:56 PM

After tripping over this post all morning I finally let my curiosity have it’s lead. What would a Faun Marionette look like? It looks like a piece of artwork. Very cool. You just got your second “favorited” in five hours.
Welcome to Lumberjocks, Billie.

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#12 posted 03-15-2008 10:35 PM

With a first carving like this one I would think a good supporting job would be in your shop or someone else’s carving or sculpturing art work. Very nice.

-- Joel Tille

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#13 posted 03-15-2008 10:39 PM

Welcome! to another carver.

You don’t have to apologize for a beautiful creation like this one.

Sometimes a person is his worst critic, so lay off of yourself.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#14 posted 03-16-2008 02:28 AM

Great drama and presence in this figure. It seems to move just standing still. Amazing. Can’t wait to see your next project…

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#15 posted 03-16-2008 10:58 AM

Outstanding work Billie! You are a true craftsman in your craft. I would hate to see what you could do if there wasn’t any mistakes.


-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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