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Koivu Taru- Ranger Lord of the Great Birch Woods10 by Boggleboy Koivu Taru- Ranger Lord of the Great Birch Woods10 by Boggleboy
So much went into this piece in so many ways and at so many levels... Koivu has been a very long time in coming. The sword he carries is a sword I made myself from repurposed materials and it is made the same way a real sword would be made as is his dagger. Koivu has many other items that can not even be seen in these photos- a calligraphy pen, a wooden-bound book, an ink well, a drinking cup, and a magical jewel- the Sampo?- concealed in the green pouch he carries in his hand in some photos... Koivu Taru- which is Finnish for Birch Tree and Legend- also became the counter-part to Cailitin the Unseelie Court Sorcerer. Koivu a character taken from a world I created that I call Esoterra. This character's race and culture I styled somewhat on the Kalevala and the ancient Finnish culture- from whose language I also created his name. he hails from a vast Birch forest that covers an area roughly the size of the continental United States... There is so much more to say about him, but so few people seem now to take the time to read anything put here on DA...but I know some of you will read this...and I thank you. :love:

He made his debut at the Quinlan Art Doll and Teddy Bear show along with many other pieces never before seen in public.

Just to clarify, this is an original sculpt- OOAK- done BY ME from a blend of polymer clays. All costuming and the extra items were hand made or made/assembled from various found items that were re-purposed for his accoutrements. ALL of it was done by myself. And yes, I made that sword myself- as well as his dagger- from re-purposed kitchen cutlery that I ground down and filed and sanded by hand. They are both built the way a dagger and a sword would be constructed- full tang and cross guard and pummel.
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duendemax Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Boggleboy Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you once more my friend! He remains one of my own personal favorites!
AlbertoCarrera Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
ooooooooooh you can change the props!!! wow
Boggleboy Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yes- he can also hold his dagger and I can completely change his pose. Almost every one of my sculpts can be re-posed and have their props removed. :)
Recalibration Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like Koivu a lot. So much detail! I like how his trousers are bagged and the way the boots are rolled down. The layers of his shirts are a great touch too. I think you could probably carve a niche for yourself in designing full size clothes!
Boggleboy Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you man- that means a very great deal to me to read this from you... He's kind of what I always envisioned my old ranger character Halifax becoming... I'd been working on this character in my mind for years- he comes from the whole Esoterra mythos I created if you remember all that... And it's great to read your comment about the clothes design...I have had several people say that and I think it would be great to find someone who does that stuff to work with and create a line of costumes and clothing based on my characters! I would love that...because then we could also wear it! :D
MalDudemaker Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic work once more! The sword is brilliant! I think this is my personal favorite so far of your work :clap:
Boggleboy Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you- based on your own work, I thought maybe this one would really connect with you. I'll confess to being quite proud of him. I wish he'd gotten a bit more of a reaction at the doll show, but I'm afraid my giant Elias the Valley Strider literally and figuratively overshadowed him... Wow that's almost too many puns for one sentence! :lmao: I remain VERY happy with that sword- it's actually strong enough and long enough to actually hurt someone with it!
MalDudemaker Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It is a shame when other peoples reaction doesn`t match our own enthusiasm, but i guess you never can tell what people will go for. Plus he was, as you say, overshadowed :)
Knowing all the other gear he has stashed away is damn cool too. I think it`s great adding details that rarely get seen :thumbsup:
Boggleboy Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you and yes, I've long since stopped trying to second guess what people might go for and just pretty much do what I want to and hope that someone out there is just as odd as I am and has the scratch to spare for it! :giggle:

Thanks regarding the hidden details- I always think about what Jim Henson said when he was doing his interview for the Dark Crystal: he said something to the effect that there is/was a lot that was done doe for the movie as far as peripheral items and props that might never even be seen in the final version of the movie- and that were not in fact in it- but that having all the peripheral effluvia there is just what real life is! There are all kinds of other things going on around us as we go through our own dramas of every day living that we often don't see or are not conscious of but that add that richness and subtle something that is life!
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