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Cherrywood Cookie Jar with Bullfrogs by xofox Cherrywood Cookie Jar with Bullfrogs by xofox
Jeremiah was a Naxi!
Is a good friend of mind
He hardly understands a single word I say
And... and...
and even with an interpreter the words of "Joy to the World" got totally lost in translation.

Nevertheless, during the short period of time I got to work with Jeremiah, an extremely clever and friendly Naxi local, I felt moved to sing that song. Like...alot. Probably because I speak about forty words of Mandarin Chinese, and even less in Naxi, and he speaks about forty words of English, so we needed something to fill the silences. (By zounds that was a run-on sentence.) So, although the language barrier kept my bullfrog jokes from making any sense to Jeremiah, (although, now that I think about it, most people respond to my jokes with blank stares) when trying to come up with something to send him for his birthday, which incidentally falls on Christmas, my mind ran to frogs and ponds. But since a plain old bullfrog figurine wouldn't be hugely significant to him, for the aforementioned reasons, I wanted to make a more practical gift. He works at a bakery, so I figured a cookie jar might work.
Anyway I really need to work on my turning.

Lathing a wand is easy, but I never get to work on hollowing, and I nearly broke my wrist three or four times having my hollowing chisel torqued out of my hand at 1000rpms. Not to mention the one time I actually did knock the piece free of the lathe and sent it flying across the workshop at fifty miles an hour. (It weighed a good six or seven pounds at that point, and it was only my good luck that it didn't hit me en route!) All that to say I think that turnings might become more frequent, just so I can get some practice. Also, it would make me feel like I'm living in olden times if I could actually introduce myself as Michael the Turner. ;P

As for the bas-relief carvings-eh. The images aren't too shabby, but I need to finesse them a bit, and I especially need to work on avoiding rough backgrounds, because some of those dents and dings were too deep even to chisel out. Believe me, I tried. :|
Still! An acceptable first try at solo interior turning; I didn't shatter it, and I did get to use lacquer for once, and make it shiny. The lid is fun, and I like how the frog/handle came out. I'll take it, and hopefully I'll improve as I go along.





Want to see more of this piece? Offsite, I have a large and fairly in depth work in progress gallery going all the way from raw lumber to finished product, as well as an expanded gallery of the finished piece, including some close up shots of the relief carvings. I'd love you to check them out! :)
Estimated work time: 45 hours over four days
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kvh Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think frogs are symbols of wealth and many children i China so itīs probably a very good gift. :)
Nice job!!
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vivicool995 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh! My high school's mascot is the Bullfrog and this would be such an awesome thing for like my mom (who is the librarian there) or my Home Ec teacher or something! This is really good! Nice job! :D
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks; I'm glad you like it! Say hi to your school from me. =P
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vivicool995 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha! Will do!
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Netikras01 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Really nice etch work. The frog handle looks cool for a cover. There are so many jokes that can be said about getting caught with your hand in the cookie jar. I am guessing you already knew that was coming.
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know I've been making them left and right. =P
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Maroniemann Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice!
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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arkindal Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
KERMIT! IS THAT YOU?
This cookiw jar is AWESOME!
Just... Would be cuter with a penguin :P
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha!
Actually.... my grandparents have a cookie jar collection, so I was going to make them one for Christmas. I wonder if they like penguins?
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arkindal Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Penguins are just awesome!
I'm afraid of amphibians and reptiles :|
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And I think birds' feet are disturbing and creepy!
Actually, come to think of it, penguins have pretty good feet for birds. They aren't all talon-y and scaly.
Alright, penguins it is! Now what wood to use? Maple maybe, or oak; I haven't done oak in a long while...
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arkindal Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Just suggesting, use a dark looking wood for the penguin, but use a light one for the belly to make it looks more penguin-ish :)
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I'll have to work with multiple stains on this one; I almost did it for the last jar, with the backgrounds in natural cherry and the bas-relief in black. I could do the background in a lighter tone, the penguin bodies in black, and the bellies in a bright stain, or clear finish.
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arkindal Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Congratulation Xofox, you made me want that cookie jar myself.
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SweepSheep Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
I work in a frog-themed restaurant, and my boss would love this x)
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Remind me to make her one sometime! I could use the practice.
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DragonTygress Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It came out great!
I love that lid. It's so cute.
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: Glad you think so! I just hope it holds up well on the trip!
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bizibit Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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xofox Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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