You know, I posted a sketch of this same model, but I don’t think I had ever posted a photo of the model itself? Well, here it is.
As I mentioned before, someone at the origami meetup taught me how to make this. If I recall correctly, he did not represent himself as the designer, which leaves the designer unknown to me. I could not find any similar models online. Nor do I remember quite how to make it. That said, I could probably reverse engineer it if needed.
This model is created using box pleating and pattern grafting. Now what does any of that mean? Box pleating is a method that uses a lot of folds at 90 degrees from one another. Pattern grafting means that before doing anything else, I fold a little pattern on the paper, which eventually become the scales on the turtle shell.
I have about four distinct turtle designs in my collection, but this is my favorite one. I like the combination of fine detail and overall abstract simplified shape.