Netsuke inspired BAT

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Project by 3DBMe posted 04-24-2008 09:44 PM 1754 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a number of round blanks from Woodcraft and have wanted to work in a forced proportion.

There are a number of these ‘round’ carvings on the drawing board.

The japanese ‘netsuke’ was an inspiration but larger than the utilitarian version.

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#1 posted 04-24-2008 10:36 PM

That Bat is really cool ….you are a very good carver …...and clean fingernails too …!!


-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#2 posted 04-24-2008 10:42 PM

ugly little dude.. how cool.

-- making sawdust....

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#3 posted 04-25-2008 03:29 AM

Great piece! I also enjoy trying to create a piece from the limitations of the wood (scraps or cut aways). Nice details for a small carving.

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#4 posted 04-25-2008 12:37 PM

This is a very interesting piece. I cannot fathom the ability and agility it takes to produce a carving of this size.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#5 posted 04-25-2008 02:49 PM

oh wow….. looks hard to hold let alone carve!

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

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#6 posted 04-25-2008 06:13 PM

Really wonderful. What kind of wood is it, and could you give some clues to your finishing schedule for a piece like this?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#7 posted 04-28-2008 05:00 PM

Hi Douglas. Thanks, the bat took about 10+ hours of carving and I don’t know the type of wood the 2” spheres are made out of (aren’t identified on the web either). They were in a grabbag at woodcraft.

I finsihed off with a light sanding and emersed in Linseed oil for an hour at 190 degrees. I let the air bubbles release from the wood then check it. After the soaking I let dry for a day and then could then clean up some of the tight rough spots and then rubbed it down after completely drying for 72 hrs. Keep a close eye on the piece while it’s submerged.

It’s not shiny and has become harder over the last week.

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 04-28-2008 05:52 PM

Thanks for getting back to me on this. Good to have an excuse to get another look at the little guy.
Another jock (Dorje, I think) commented on that as a finish for turned objects. I’ll have to give it a try.

One again thanks for posting this minuscule treasure. I have tried my hand at carving King Ivory palm nuts and Taguas, but nothing came out looking like this.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#9 posted 06-15-2011 10:08 PM

Man after my own heart. Great job.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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