Porcupine of my dreams

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Project by Kookaburra posted 09-07-2012 10:22 PM 3435 views 22 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Or should I call it a Porcumaple?

Three layers of figured maple. All done by hand – this was one of my hand tool projects. Various saws, chisels, planes, rasps and most of all my now beloved spokeshave! Oh, and lots and lots of sandpaper.

About the time I thought I was ready to finish, I decided he needed an ebony nose, so it was easier to tell his tip from his tail. So I chopped of the end of his nose and grafted on a new one.

Huge shout out to Woodpezzer for the porky inspiration:

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The spines are now only oak, cherry and birch. I will replace those with other woods as I acquire them, as Woodpezzer did in her cute porky.

ETA: I forgot to mention the hardest part! I drilled all of those silly holes with my brace and bit. A few were not too much trouble, but by the time the 40th was done, my arm was pretty tired!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#1 posted 09-07-2012 10:54 PM

Kay, I LOVE it!! WOW, I can’t believe you used hand tools. Yours looks so cuddly cute and soft. Rounding the tips of the quills was a smart move and the ebony nose really adds character to your little critter. It’s fantastic as is! When you add different woods, especially the exotics, they will really pop against the figured maple. Very COOL, thanks so much for sharing your finished porcupine and for the head’s up and shout out! :) Excellent work!

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#2 posted 09-07-2012 11:10 PM

Very cute. Nicely done.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 09-07-2012 11:21 PM

This is great, very creative and fun project. Wonderful job on it!

All the best,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#4 posted 09-07-2012 11:27 PM

Ha! That is so cute. Good choice on the nose.
And very well done too. That maple just shines.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 09-07-2012 11:30 PM

That s cool one, Kay!!..............JIm

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

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#6 posted 09-07-2012 11:49 PM

Definitely porcumaple.. Wow!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 09-08-2012 02:01 AM

Thanks guys! I am very happy with the finish and think it will look quite nice when i get a broad selection of wood spines in there! If you missed Woodpezzer’s original project, she talked about how nice it would be to have at ready sample of different types of wood at hand – to spur the imagination, I hope.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#8 posted 09-08-2012 02:26 AM

How cute is that! Good call on the ebony schnoz, that’s just the right touch.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#9 posted 09-08-2012 02:59 AM

Cute little guy!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#11 posted 09-08-2012 05:21 AM

Cute, and nicely made.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

#12 posted 09-08-2012 09:48 AM

Kay,very interesting job !!!


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#13 posted 09-08-2012 10:40 AM

Thank you all – I hope he brought some smiles to you!

Kova – Muchas gracias. ¿Tiene osos hormigueros en Argentina?

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#14 posted 09-08-2012 11:35 AM

Hmmmm pointy!

‘Handy’ but not ‘plane’. Great fun and a lovely a very nice nose. Well done, Kay.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#15 posted 09-08-2012 02:35 PM

Could be very nice pen stand

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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