The most Fantastic Dormouse Netsuke news

"40 Winks" Dormouse Netsuke in Mahogany back view
"40 Winks" Dormouse Netsuke in Mahogany back view

 

Last Thursday I went to The Mall Galleries to collect my Dormouse Netsuke as the exhibition with The Royal Society of Miniatures had finished.

I was stunned to find out when I got there that he was no longer there as he had in fact been sold!

That was not what I was expecting at all and I am so very pleased I can’t tell you. I mean I was so chuffed that he got accepted in to the exhibition in the first place that I didn’t think any further than that.

Unfortunately a very bizarre run of circumstances stopped me from going to see the exhibition or I would have had the lovely surprise a lot sooner.

A small part of me is sad that I will never see him again as I was very fond of him. Although I knew from the very beginning that I would never keep him as he was made to be, hopefully, sold.

I’m just glad that someone else fell in love with him enough to want to rehome him and take good care of him.

The really sad thing is that I may never know who that person is. I would like to say a big thank you to them.

If its you that has rehomed my Dormouse then thank you. I hope that he brings you as much joy to own as he brought me to carve.

If you’re reading this do say ‘Hi’ in the comments below or drop me an email, I’d really love to know where he went to.

 

 

 

 

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’ .

 

Exciting Dormouse Netsuke News

Dormouse Netsuke in Mahogany right hand side
Dormouse Netsuke right hand side

 

I got some fabulous news in the post today and I am so excited and pleased to be able to share it with you.

My Dormouse Netsuke, now known as ’40 Winks’, has been selected for the Annual Exhibition of The Royal Society of Miniature Painters Sculptors & Gravers.

This Exhibition will be held at The Mall Galleries in London from 11th to 23rd October 2011.

I am so chuffed that I can’t believe it and I’m not quite sure what else to say so I think I’ll leave it there for today.

 

 

 

 

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’ .

 

Dormouse Netsuke – the finished sculpture

Dormouse Netsuke in Mahogany shown from the front
Dormouse Netsuke the finished article

 

My Dormouse Netsuke is now completed and is currently sitting in London having been put forward for selection for a Miniatures exhibition.

The selection committee made their selection on Sunday and I am awaiting their verdict. I am really not at all sure what to expect, the letter should arrive at some point this week.

No matter what happens with the selection for the exhibition I am really really pleased that I got this piece finished. Not only is it my first Netsuke but I think that it is my first ever sculpture in the round in wood. That was quite a revelation when I figured that one out!

The final piece has ended up as just less than 4cm in any direction, and I even remembered to sign it, something I have forgotten to do with stuff in the past.

The sanding caught me a little by surprise as I haven’t really sanded anything so finely for a long time. It was interesting to make my own tools to get into the awkward places that look so cool when carved. Note to self don’t have so many awkward bits in your next carving!

I also managed to give him a name ’40Winks’, I thought it was appropriate.

I’d love to hear what you think of him in the comments.

Now to decide what to make next…….

 

 

 

 

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’ .

 

Dormouse Netsuke – a new start

Dormouse Netsuke in Mahogany, rough initial carving
Dormouse Netsuke in Mahogany, rough initial carving

 

You may think I’m completely silly but yes I’ve started to carve my Dormouse Netsuke again.

In my last Dormouse carving update here I confessed that I had made a mistake and one of the toes on his left paw had come away. Having thought about why quite a lot since then I realised that I had got rather over excited and started carving the detail of the toes before finishing sorting out the overall shaping.

As I said then I’m not quite sure what to do with him so I’ve put him to one side and decided to give it another go.

This time the wood I’m using is Mahogany and as you can see from the image I’ve only really just got going (and apologies for the photograph the mahogany is being a pig to get a decent image of, typical!).

He looks a lot chunkier than the Poplar Dormouse Netsuke and at the moment he is, although he is again slightly smaller than 4cm in any direction. At the moment he is also still attached to the rest of the wood, I’m going to try to keep him on the whole for a little longer this time.

There is a lot of refining to be done and I am taking photographs all the way through so that hopefully at some point I can show the process from start to finish.

So there you go when you make a mistake sometimes the best option is to start again. Oh and practice your photography a lot!

More updates coming soon.

 

 

 

 

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’ .