A little Netsuke carving is taking shape

Dormouse Netsuke roughed out in Poplar
Dormouse Netsuke roughed out in Poplar


So ok I just couldn’t wait any longer to share this with you, I am so excited. It took a lot of willpower to not post this yesterday but I promised myself I would leave at least a day between each post of this project.

I have started to carved the Dormouse Netsuke shown as a maquette in my last post here

I couldn’t decide which wood to use, in the end I chose Poplar purely because the piece I had behind my workbench was roughly the right size! I know great decision making, I had make a start somewhere.

I’m not sure that Poplar is the best choice for something this small, and I’m also not sure if he will be small enough to class as a Netsuke. He is already smaller than the maquette was, only time will tell.

So far I think he is going really well, the overall shape is looking a lot like the maquette, but there is still a lot of work to do.

Once the overall shape has been smoothed out the next part is the finer details and progress I think will slow down from here as any mistake at this point could ruin the carving completely, I really don’t want to do that.

For a first attempt at something of this size I am really pleased, I think it may also be my first carving in the round. I just can’t wait to get the rest of him completed and cut off from the supporting block he is currently sitting on.

I will post updates as soon as I have them.





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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Dyami Plotke

    That looks great. Looks like you’re well on your way to carving a beautiful piece. Well done.

  2. Hazel

    Looking good Jutta – look forward to seeing the finished piece.

    1. JJ

      Thank you both for your comments.

      I can’t wait to see the final piece either :o)


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