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Manticore Woodwork by xofox Manticore Woodwork by xofox
Because sometimes we all just need to be shown a little kindness.
This manticore is, for the most part, walnut, but he has a couple of other woods mixed in. His tail is bloodwood (and I had forgotten how much I like the smell of cut bloodwood) and his teeth, which were pretty tricky, are made of holly wood, although they got a bit grimy after the gluing and don't show as white as I expected. And being tiny and thin and fragile there wasn't any real way to polish them. Fragile is a pretty good overall term for this piece; I don't think I've ever broken so many components. Partially, of course, this is because I try to carve a single piece if I can, and glues, pegs, slots and myself don't particularly get along. When you have ten different pieces all being joined together things are bound to get complicated. (Alternatively, when lots of these pieces are glued, things are bound to get sticky. Oh jeebies, I just actually wrote that; kill me now.) I dread the thought of getting him in the mail; I don't even sort of think he'd make it intact. :|
This manticore is part of a set for :iconalovnek: including the Skipping Fluttershy piece from a while back. I really wish he was to scale with Fluttershy, but I'm afraid she was made large , and, although I went as large as my tools allowed me, he really isn't more than maybe twice her size or less. Still; he was a lot of fun, and the thick wood broke in my new saw nicely. Speaking of; I'm back to the shop. This week is going to be insane.

Want to see more of this piece? Why not check out the work in progress gallery or the expanded gallery over at My Little Woodcraft.

My Little Pony and characters, and, I assume, this particular interpretation of the manticore design, belong to Hasbro.
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esiewertjr Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess I miss a lot when I don't check my notices for a while. This is magnificent! I love the hair and tail the most, but the whole work looks so well done!
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Netikras01 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
That looks awesome! The body form and gaping mouth really makes this figure come to life. Vary nice. Well done.
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Faehl Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Seems as though the teeth look a bit slick and drooly? If so I think the glue was handy. The face is a bit fearsome but I also feel as though I really want to give him a big hug. No claws are out so... must be safe right? Great color, details and overall form on him. The shapes all turned out so nicely in showing how he is very distinctly a manticore.
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Alovnek Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
It's really well made even though you had some problems with him and I especially like the tail and wings which look great.
I can only hope he and Fluttershy will survive the trip in one piece.
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Pink--Champagne Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
He's incredible.
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arkindal Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
That's awesome!
Wings are a bit tiny but that's a pretty good job Xofox :)
Sigh... If only I had a job I'd buy a full set from you... I seriously love your woodwork my friend.
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Fundz64 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
simply...amazing!
the teeth, the paws, the wings-
I still say you should get into this professionally!

Excellent job Mikey! :clap:
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Tomdepl Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
The manticore wants a hug
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