Pokemon Woodcarvings

Here's a collection of some of the unique handcarved wooden Pokemon figures (and some from other games and media) that I've created so far. Clicking on each will take you to more photos.

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    Bulbasaur

    Bulbasaur is hand carved with natural wood tones and contrast, with a basswood body, inlaid cherry spots and a walnut bulb.

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    Charmander

    These Charmanders were hand carved with a butternut bodies, maple and padauk tail flames and ebony bases.

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    Squirtle

    Squirtle is carved with a maple and walnut shell, with his limbs, head and tail carved from basswood.

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    Snorlax

    Snorlax is carved with a walnut body and basswood belly, with basswood feet and cherry inlays.

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    Eevee

    Eevee is carved from walnut, with a basswood "mane" and a basswood tail tip.

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    Blastoise

    Blastoise is carved from multiple pieces of basswood, with walnut used for the back of the shell.

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    Arcanine

    Arcanine is carved from multiple pieces with a cherry body, basswood mane, tail and fur, cherry inlaid eyes and ears, and an ebony nose.

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    Togepi

    These Togepi figures are carved with maple shells, and butternut for the head, arms and feet.

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    Mudkip

    These two Mudkip figures were both carved from cherry, with the cheeks carved from basswood.

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    Cubone

    These wooden Cubone figures were carved with a walnut body and a basswood head/skull and bone. The eye sections are walnut inlaid into the skull.

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    Pikachu

    These Pikachu figures are hand carved from basswood, with painted details.

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    Oddish

    Oddish is hand carved with a walnut body and basswood leaves.

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    Psyduck

    Psyduck is hand carved from maple, with a basswood beak and feet and an ebony hair tuft.

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    Phantump

    These Phantump figures are hand carved with ebony bodies and bases, walnut heads, maple leaves and inlaid ebony eyes.

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    Jolteon

    Jolteon is hand carved from a single piece of basswood.

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    Diglett

    These Digletts were made in collaboration with Kate Harrow at Bow & Harrow Workshop, with the bodies woodturned out of walnut by Kate and fitted to maple burl bases. The eyes were carved and painted by myself and the noses hand carved from purpleheart.

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    Vulpix

    Vulpix is hand carved from cherry.

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    Mimikyu

    These Mimikyu figures are hand carved from basswood, with walnut tails.

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    Gengar

    Gengar is hand carved from a single piece of purpleheart.

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    Baby Yoda

    Baby Yoda (Grogu, The Child, etc.) is hand carved from a single piece of basswood.

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    Kirby

    Kirby is hand carved with a body made from reclaimed NZ totara, and feet made from sapele.

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    The Goose

    The Goose from Untitled Goose Game is hand carved from a single piece of basswood.

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    Fred in a Hoodie

    A twist on my mascot Fred the Kiwi. Hoodie carved from reclaimed NZ totara, head carved from reclaimed kwila, and beak and feet carved from maple.

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    Ruru

    This carving is modelled after a Ruru/Morepork, a NZ spotted Owl, which most definitely carry tiny wooden umbrellas in real life. The Ruru is carved from NZ rewarewa, the umbrella is carved from from rosewood and NZ kauri, and the piece is mounted on a driftwood base.

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    Inward

    Sometimes we try to retreat and hide away from the world pieces of ourselves that we consider broken. This work represents the beauty and value in these pieces that we may not be able to perceive alone. The void of the hood and the mirror-like surface of the pāua shows how often we can get caught in the infinite space within.

    The piece is carved from a reclaimed tōtara window sill, with a mosaic of locally gathered pāua lining the interior of the hood. The piece is finished with walnut oil and buffed to a soft shine with a microcrystalline wax polish. It measures 185 x 70 x 45 mm.

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    Seal

    So far I've carved two of these seals with bucket hats. Shown here is one from walnut with a NZ kauri bucket hat, and one from basswood with a catalpa bucket hat.

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    Fred the Kiwi

    Fred stares at the sky at night dreaming of flying. Unfortunately, he is also a Kiwi, the national bird of New Zealand, and completely flightless. This carving has become my mascot and is carved from walnut with maple beak and feet.

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    Whio

    This carving is modelled on the Whio, a New Zealand Blue duck that lives in fast running rivers. Loosely of course, as you can tell from the raincoat, umbrella and gumboots. The Whio is carved from reclaimed NZ totara, with a walnut and koa umbrella and a rosewood base.

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    Little Octo Boy

    So far I've carved two of these Octopi with swimming googles. Shown here is one from basswood who looks like he's scare to swim, and one from maple who looks a bit more enthusiastic. 

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    Koala

    This piece was carved as a fundraiser to support those effected by the 2020 Australian bushfires, and was raffled off to raise over $2600 Australian Dollars. The carving is made from butternut, with an ebony nose, sequoia burl branch and maple base. 

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