Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A recent commission

Someone is making an Insane Asylum circa 1920. They commissioned me to make these items. The skull is hand carved wood (jelutong) with brass mountings and a turned cherry base. 

The apothecary case is made of cherry. I turned all knobs and made the handle. 

I had a lot of fun making all the jars. They are turned from acrylic with removable lids and stoppers. I also made a couple tiny corks and turned wood stoppers. The mortar and pestle are turned cherry.

This is the sign I made. Following are the pictures of her idea and what she gave me to work from. This is my interpretation of it all:

This is what she gave me to work from.  


  1. Hello Linda,
    I love it. Nobody does it better then you. The items are all perfection.
    Big hug,

  2. Oh my, that skull is one of the coolest things I've seen in miniature. What amazing skill to carve something so detailed. I love the case, sign and jars. You put my lathing to shame. I bet the commisioner was thrilled =0)

  3. Hi Linda
    I don't know how you achieve such detail in such small teeny tiny things... but you do! Amazing. Wonderful work, as usual.
    All the best

  4. This is the first time I have seen a picture of that skull. I can't believe the detail...those teeth OMG! You did a beautiful job making everything for that order. I love all the bottles. The case is perfect!

  5. Gosh your talent is so awesome! I like yours better than the inspiration! She commissioned the right person when she got you!

  6. This is awesome work, Linda, I fully agree with Giac: nobody does it better then you! The details of all miniatures are breathtaking, but I especially love the skull! What a talent you have, it is amazing.
    I bet your customer will be thrilled!!

  7. Your carving is really amazing. The skull is super but what I really love is the cherrywood chest. I am really impressed. I have only just started trying to engrave wood and my efforts are laughable compared to yours. But I will keep trying because working in wood is so grounding and enjoyable. Beautiful work.

  8. Wicked! Deliciously crazy idea and your execution is simply suburb! My mouth dropped seeing the skull. What a unique object and so darn well carved... Your customer did the best by picking you for the job; he or she is one lucky lady/guy!