Netsuke

Dried salmon Gyotô

A Gyotô is a fish shaped wooden sword. But they are not used for attack or self defence. I make this one from a slice of a boxwood log with the bark on one side. In the shape of a dried salmon. 40 cm long.

After bark removal and a lot of carving with gouges. This is very fine wood, no defects. And a nice deep yelow color.

After more refining I started carving the scales. This is going to take a long time to complete!

Finaly carved all the scales. Now sanding en colouring.

Look at the Gyotô page for the final result.