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’ .


This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Mark McGuinness

    Gorgeous. I’m glad you did the scales, even though they must have taken FOREVER.

    1. Jutta

      Thank you Mark, the scales did take quite a while but I think they’re worth the effort.

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