Easter Tiki Egg




About: I work for a charity most of the time but when i,m not i am a wood tuner, former teacher, artist and prop maker, developer and researcher residing in the UK. I cannot think of anything better than the excite...

It dawned on me that I don't do nearly enough to celebrate holidays.

(I justified this in the past with the thaught .. I would put in a lot of work and effort for one day, or I could make things that are going to be awesome all year round. But I'm starting to think that when something is only one day that makes it a little more special)

As a result here is my first ever Easter tiki.

Step 1: ​make a Sketch to Prepare Your Self Where You Will Want to Carve

make a sketch to prepare your self where you will want to carve

When I make props for TV often times people just trust me to do the work and do it well because they are in a rush and want props as soon as possible. But when I make my best work I sketch it out first.

This allows me to really get to grips with what i'm making and work out where things should go / how they should fit together and really engage with what im makeing.

Step 2: Grab a Blank for Your Wooden Egg an Find Its Centre

Grab a blank for your wooden egg an find its centre.

Wood turning is by far the easiest way to make an egg shape in wood.

I'm using a chunk of sapele but later on wished it was beach. sapele isn't as fun to carve and I happened to have a chunk of beach sitting next to me throughout the project.. (sitting there mocking me for not using it.. you know as non sentient things do)

Step 3: Turn a Chucking Point Between Centers and Chuck It Up.

Turn a chucking point between centers and chuck it up.

Its standard wood turning procedure.

If you're not familiar with woodturning but are considering getting into it this will be useful to you:

I would reccomend if you are new to turning finding a turning club near you.. Trust me there will be a ton of people who will be more than happy to give you advice an pointers.

Check out the web an look at videos.. you can learn a lot from watching other people.

If you have a set of tools an a lathe then this is for you:

For this I used a roughing gouge and a spindle gouge.. Always approach the wood bavel first and then introduce the cutting edge..

Also make sure your wearing a face shield an dust mask..

An try to be as safe as possible. (everyone has had a catch at one point or another.. the key is to learn from your mistakes)

Step 4: Turn Your Egg

I could explain the rule of 3rd's and how the widest part of an egg tends to be at around the paint 1/3 the high of the egg. But I have seen a whole bunch of different egg shapes and wouldn't want to discourage anyone from making something like an oviraptor egg.

My method for turning tends to be using the roughing gouge to do the heavy lifting and getting a rough shape and then refining it with the spindle gouge.

Step 5: Turn Down to Where You Feel Comfortable and Then Saw the Egg Off the Blank

Turn down to where you feel comfortable and then saw the egg off the blank.

I know some people who will turn an object free.
I think this needs a bit of confidence and I wouldn't want to encourage something which could potentially throw a wooden egg at you.

Step 6: Carve Away Your Unsightly Lump

I find when carving Its important to find a good way to hold the workpiece.

Luckily I can use the tool I have been using so far to do this :D

I created a slight dish in the blank and used a cup shaped revolving centre to hold the work in place.
Then locked the chuck in place.

I carved the lump off the bottom of the egg by holding the peace in place and aproaching the lump useing the same angle as the egg shape

Step 7: Use Your Sketch to Work Out Where You Want Your Tiki Carving to Go

Use your sketch to work out where you want your tiki carving to go

Chances are you will come up with better ways/ better places for details to go during this point.

The key part is to make sure you can understand where to carve. (I drew on with a felt tip for illustration purposes.. you might find a felt tip to be to leave too thick of a mark)

Step 8: Carve Out the Lines You Just Made

Carve out the lines you just made

I like to cut down and then meet this cut with a sideways cut with ant carving tool.

(This point is likely to take a bit of time but its rewarding seeing the job as it progresses)

Step 9: Get Rid of the Felt Tip Marks and Play With Finishing

Get rid of the felt tip marks and play with finishing

I was left with a few felt tip marks I didn't need after carving.
I sanded these away before disting the egg down.. (I know some people who swear by oo wire wool for displacing sanding dust.. I tend to use compressed air or a dusting brush.. this is partly because I know fragments of wire wool can react with finnish and make an otherwise awesome looking work look a bit naff.. (I know i'm working rustick with this one but the theory works for finer works))

For this egg I used some spirit die before using acrylic paint to highlight some of the details and then knocked it all back with another covering of stain and sanded the whole thing to encourage a greater gradience in wood tone. (props people would call this "ageing")

Egg Challenge

Grand Prize in the
Egg Challenge



    • 1 Hour Challenge

      1 Hour Challenge
    • Pets Challenge

      Pets Challenge
    • Fandom Contest

      Fandom Contest

    31 Discussions

    Fuzzy Monkey

    3 years ago

    You have great work! I was wondering how you would recommend woodworking without many tools. I don't have much space to keep tools and such, and probably don't have any of the tools needed to make such things. Thanks! :)

    2 replies

    i think it depends on the project you want to do. in fairness most things are possible with a tool and a method of sharpening the tool. the speshalised tools just make it a bit easier. carving is probably the most rewarding thing for me to do with limited tools but its not for everyone. you might have a resause like a tool libruary or fabeication lab close where you can use community tools or you might be interested in digitsl tools 3d printing ect where shapeways could be the way to go. limited tools isnt something that needs to stop you but might mean you need to be a little more creative. hope this helps. let me know what your thinking of makeing and if i can i will try to help


    3 years ago

    in the first pic is that the necklace pendant from the princess frog??

    1 reply

    lol good eyes. It certainly is https://www.instructables.com/id/Faciliers-Talisman-from-the-princess-and-the-frog/ I thought the Tiki egg wouldn't feel out of place with it.


    4 years ago

    Didn't comment on this one before, but great job and congrats on the win. I'd love to try our a lathe. It looks like lots of fun.

    1 reply

    Hi.. I was going to say pop round and ill give you some pointers an a good cup of tea, but then realised that this is an international site and you live in an entirely different country. The good thing , The USA has a world leading woodturning cohort. arguably you guys have the most creative woodturning magazines in the world., (The publications and websites are my main litmus for saying you guys are world leaders)
    If you have a woodturning club nearby I would recommend checking out a demonstration. If they have a hands on event definitely go an see if its for you.. I love woodturning. Its one of the few things you can do in an afternoon which only needs one tool but can guarantee minute by minute fun. Strangely enough I am working on an ible right now which involves a little woodturning coupled with computer aided design and some basic electronics.. I hope it will be a success.

    I love that I won the egg bot.. There was and always is very tough competition on instructable for any prize. I think being a wood turner I can utilize the egg bot to help plan decoration on wood turned items. I don't think this kind of thing is common with contemporary turning (I know previous experimentations with turning have resulted in amazing work (if you want to google i recommend starting with the rose engine)

    I have a few ideas for future projects which might involve this type of experementation .. At the moment christmass tree decorations lend themselves to my currrent thaughts on this.

    Damn that looks great, i also love the wooden mask pendant you've made.

    Cool to see that you've used this egg to make chocolate ones :-D. Good, clear instructable i liked reading it

    1 reply

    Hi, Thank you very much for the feedback. Its always nice to know people enjoy the work you do.

    The next thing I'm likely to make as an ible is likely to be a wooden skull. (with the addition of a mold making to create chocolate skulls and possibly gilding with edible gold leaf) I have a commision for the wooden skull and have a haloween wedding which i think chocolate skulls would sit awesomly as wedding favores.


    That is a fantastic idea..

    I might clean up some of the carving and make a silicone chocolate mold. I have a friend who loves Tiki we sometimes collaborate and make WITCO or Tiki remakes (WITCO is super rare in the UK an he loves mid century modern works) https://scontent-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t... Its a lot of fun.. I think he would get a huge buzz from a bunch of Tiki eggs through the post. An I think designeing packageing useing egg cartains would be super fun.

    Thanks for sharing the idea :D

    Hey, Just to let you know I made a silicone mould and casted
    a dozen chocolate tiki eggs.

    My friend and his girlfriend loved it.

    Thanks for the idea. (it was fun designing packaging for it and care instructions..
    baby Tiki’s enjoy cool places like the beach and party’s)…

    its super easy to make moulds an doesn't take a lot of cash to do so. I might make an ible about it.. (though i'm sure there will already be a few)

    I am looking into creating a vacuum system to make better molds.I just did a quick search for venturi an can see I wouldn't add anything new to the party if I did an ible on this.

    But perhaps for the current snack challenge if i get a spare moment I will make some new chocolate castings. Perhaps something with a caramel center. (I have never made a filled chocolate before but fancy giving it a go)

    Thanks for the link.. I feel like i have seen this around but hadn't clicked until now. A foolish thing not to do and im glad it is rectified.

    With the misfortune thread. have you come across vinegar valentines? They were .. im going to say popular... more prominent with the early postal service. the idea was whilst other people were receiving valentines letters some were sending letters basically saying someone really doesn't like you. Its well worth a Google as some of them are really clever.

    I might have to put my treats on hold for the moment. I have been putting off doing a ton of video editing and the deadline is fast approaching. Making stuff is awesome, sharing ideas more so but I think i need a few days solidly sat at the desk instead of carving sculpting soldering and having fun... (I say this ... editing is fun too.. Just i have already done the really fun parts)


    4 years ago

    I love it but it's kind of a creepy guy. How do you live with it?