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I have recently started carving this style although have not yet perfected the holes which is what makes the carving a netsuke. I am thinking the best way to go about it is to make the holes before commencing the actual carving, when the wood is still a regular shape.

My first carving is of a fish, with the holes, but I have made it in two (obviously) halves which fit together with an erotic carving in the centre (copied from one I have made of, I think, bone), I have made this with from white beech and stained it slightly with fine coffee grounds which seat themselves in cuts to enhance the look of the scales. My second is of a rooster of totally my own design which is made from Huon Pine and finished with shoe polish to darken it and again fill in the cuts! Each one took many hours to complete.
I have a camel in limbo at present, waiting for me to figure out how to go about his head - have hit a bit of a stalemate at present, he is also designed by me though I use pictures of real camels for inspiration. Looking at these pictures has given me inspiration to design some new carvings and as my daughter has just returned from a trip to Tasmania and brought me back a piece of huon (as did some other friends recently) I am well stocked with wood.
Making small carvings is not any easier than doing a large carving and is not necessarily quicker. In some cases it can take a great deal longer as everything is minaturised and you are removing miniscule slices of wood at a time and trying to reach into tiny crevices. I bow my head to the carvers of netsuke and cry inside when I see a modern piece sold for $8 even though they may be more experienced than I and much faster. I own a netsuke pig made from boxwood (a dense wood that is difficult to carve but great for holding detail) that is exquisite and which I paid 8 pounds sterling for and wonder what the poor man/woman was paid.

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Platters, The Discography at Discogs. Norman L. Sandfield's Netsuke Home Page : FAQ : Selling your Netsuke. By Norman L.

Norman L. Sandfield's Netsuke Home Page : FAQ : Selling your Netsuke

Sandfield September 1, 2006; updated: February 23, 2011 Introduction: We have been receiving an increasing volume of letters and emails requesting information, comments, research, evaluations, appraisals, and sources to sell Japanese netsuke, as well as related arts and antiques. The following information, while necessarily lengthy, is provided to help answer the most commonly asked questions in an organized manner. 1. Appraising netsuke long distance can be tricky, and sometimes even dangerous, for both parties. Two critical up front questions are: What is the goal of the appraisal: selling the collection, appraisal for insurance, appraisal for estate purposes, donation issues, or just idle curiosity?

As to finding appraisers, we need to know where you are located. 2. If you were to bring me a large collection of netsuke and ask for a verbal evaluation, my charges generally start at $100. P.S. 3. If you still wish to sell your netsuke, your five primary options are: Japanese Garb. Inro and sagemono? - The Carving Path. Jake, on Nov 3 2006, 07:57 PM, said: Hi, I was wondering how you would go about carving an inro from wood.

Inro and sagemono? - The Carving Path

The obvious would I'm guessing be to rout out the center cavity. But how would you safely hold something so small and clean the inside when you're done? Any tips on how the old masters did it? -Jake. Hi Jake My experience of handling inro is minimal, but making a hollowed out form that I should imagine is very similar would not be too difficult. Netsuke, Inro, Sagemono. International Netsuke Society on Pinterest. Netsuke & Inro Suites. Japanese Netsuke. Netsuke. Mammoth and hippo ivory carvings, netsuke, jewelry.

More Netsuke. More mammoth and hippo ivory carvings, netsuke, jewelry. Coral fish. Netsuke by Sergey Osipov. <p class="noscript"><img src="..

Coral fish. Netsuke by Sergey Osipov.

/core/img/noscript.gif" width="26" height="26" alt="! JavaScript is Disabled"> JavaScript may be disabled. If JavaScript is disabled in your browser, please enable it in order to continue. </p> Properties: Type: Netsuke Japan, private collection. Materials: Stained heartwood. Dimensions: 6.0 x 4.7 x 2.5cm. Images: This work is a fantasy. Seven mother of perl incrustations on both sides represent seven qualities of such personality (from head to tail): wisdom, alertness, flexibility, imagination ability, modesty, determination, and liveliness. Amber is also a magical material. Although extraordinary person is a "white crow" in a human mass, nonetheless, somewhere in time and space, there is a place, where this person feels like home, like coral fish among the coral reefs.

Natural himatoshi are created by openings near the tail, and also by gills and mouth.