Fabulous Fish Netsuke News

Fish Netsuke 'Fisho' in Walnut, side view

 

I am really pleased to say that I found out this morning that my Fish Netsuke ‘Fisho’ has been accepted into the upcoming ‘Hilliard Society of Miniaturists Annual International Exhibition’.

So if you are anywhere near Wells in Somerset between Saturday 26th May and Sunday 3rd June 2012 do go and have a look. The Exhibition is being held at the Town Hall, Market Place, Wells, Somerset.

If you are not in the area you can actually view the Exhibition online at the Hilliard Society website from 26th May here (this will open a new window).

 

I’m now working out whether I can get down there myself to have a look, its not that far is it?

 

 

 

 

Jutta M Stiller is a wood carver and sculptor specialising in Netsuke and Couture frames click here to subscribe to her newsletter ‘Tales From the Woodcarving Bench’ .

 

Fish Netsuke the finished carving

Fisho, Fish Netsuke in Walnut, front view
Fisho, Fish Netsuke in Walnut, front view
Fisho, Fish Netsuke in Walnut, side view
Fisho, Fish Netsuke in Walnut, side view

 

As you can see from the photos above the Fish Netsuke is completed  and I am really pleased with him, and yes he is a ‘he’ it somehow felt right.

He now has a name, ‘Fisho’, as the shape that his body makes when looking from above is that of an ‘O’. Lots and lots of different names were gone through but that one just seemed to stick once I had thought of it, nothing else worked as well so thats the name he has.

I have taken lots and lots of pictures of him and the two pictures shown above are roughly from the same angles as in the last post so that, hopefully, the progression from one set to the next can be seen.

Although you can’t see it very well in the second image there is an eye in there underneath the tail fin, you have to look pretty close to see it though. The eyes really brought him alive, once the first eye was carved in things seemed to drop into place.

The decision whether or not to leave him smooth or carve in scales was quite a difficult one as I knew that once the scales were started I wouldn’t be able to change my mind, if I didn’t like them I’d have to scrap the carving. Luckily I think that they have really worked, they both look good and give a great texture to the fish.

Just like my Dormouse Netsuke ’40 Winks’, Fisho is less than 4cm in any direction.

As we speak Fisho has arrived at the selection panel for a Miniatures exhibition and I am waiting to hear whether he has got in or not. I do not know when the panel are making their decision so I’m trying really hard not to think about it too much. As soon as I know I’ll let you know.

If you would like to see more images of Fisho you can find them here.

I’ve already started researching my next subject, though I’ll wait a little bit longer to reveal what it will be.
 

 

 

 

Jutta M Stiller is a wood carver and sculptor specialising in Netsuke and Couture frames click here to subscribe to her newsletter ‘Tales From the Woodcarving Bench’ .

 

Fish Netsuke – a little update

Fish Netsuke in Walnut, front view
Fish Netsuke in Walnut, front view

 

Fish Netsuke in Walnut, tail view
Fish Netsuke in Walnut, tail view

 

The Fish Netsuke is moving along quite nicely. I think that it is starting to look a lot more like a fish than a lump of wood, although I don’t know whether thats just because I know what I’m supposed to be making it look like.

I’ve put two pictures in this post so that you will, hopefully, be able to see the fish emerging though I think this one is harder to see at this stage than the Dormouse Netsuke ever was.

The biggest problem that I pointed out in the last post was that the whole Netsuke was sitting at the wrong angle, I have solved this and I’m a lot happier with how it sits now. It took quite a while to sort out especially getting the piece to balance and now I have to remember not to carved away the bits the whole carving is resting on. I’ve also now got a very good idea where the Himotoshi (holes that the cord go through) will go, which is great.

At this stage I’m still setting in the major elements and shape and making sure that it looks right and all works together from all angles as Netsuke are supposed to be viewed all the way round not just from one side. Once I’m happy with that I can start to bring in the detail, if the detail is carved in too soon it could compromise another part of the carving.

Any undercutting is being left until as late as possible just in case I change my mind about anything as its not really something you can come back from. Although you can’t really do large amounts of undercutting in a Netsuke as by its very nature undercutting weakens the piece as it removes quite a lot of wood and can leave very thin edges. The whole point of a Netsuke is that it is there to be used not just looked at so thin edges would most probably break off when it was used or may even snag on the fabric it is worn against, both of which would be considered major disasters.

So put me out of my misery, can you see the fish or not? Please let me know in the comments, I’d really appreciate it.

 

 

 

 

Jutta M Stiller is a wood carver and sculptor specialising in Netsuke and Couture frames click here to subscribe to her newsletter ‘Tales From the Woodcarving Bench’ .

 

Fish Netsuke update

Fish Netsuke in Walnut and plasticene maquette
Fish Netsuke in Walnut and plasticene maquette

The Fish Netsuke I started before Christmas is going well, so far. I have been working on it off and on inbetween other things and this first update is long overdue.

The photo you see here shows the Netsuke fairly early on, the shape has been roughed out and cut from the original piece of wood.

I chose this image as it shows the Netsuke next to the maquette as otherwise it is quite hard to tell what is what, the maquette gives some clues though it is still not easy. The Netsuke is not sitting at quite the right angle compared to the maquette, something I have since rectified.

The walnut wood is proving to be very nice to carve and I am enjoying working on the piece, deciding where to go with each cut is what is taking the time. Once a decision has been made and the cuts done it is more or less undoable on something this small.

I am now a lot further on with the Netsuke so I will make sure that the next update is not so long in coming, which reminds me I must go and take some photos before I go any further.

 

 

 

 

Jutta M Stiller is a wood carver and sculptor specialising in Netsuke and Couture frames click here to subscribe to her newsletter ‘Tales From the Woodcarving Bench’ .