"Lizard Cane"

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Blog entry by mpounders posted 05-16-2012 02:58 PM 1686 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve had a piece of Bradford pear, about 38 inches long, that I picked up on a neighborhood walk about a year ago, and I started carving it last weekend. It has a nice looking bark and the wood carves and holds detail well, being a slightly hard piece of wood. I like the crooked shapes of the limbs and the branches jutting out give some extra wood for carvings with more dimensions. I have wanted to carve a lizard for awhile. I like all the colors and details, and they are much shorter than snakes, so hopefully it won’t take as long to carve. I’ve kinda got the shape I want and I’m starting to carve more of the details.

The handle will just be a simple smoothed shape, but I plan to burn and paint all the scales and details similar to my reference pictures. I think I need to order some smaller 3mm eyes for it though. Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 05-16-2012 03:00 PM

That looks AWESOME! I can’t wait to see it with the scales burned in.

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#2 posted 05-16-2012 03:45 PM

That is cool !!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 05-16-2012 05:08 PM

That’s looking VERY cool so far.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 05-16-2012 05:10 PM

Unique for sure,very creative.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 05-16-2012 05:12 PM

Very, very nice! For goodness sake it looks great like that. I’d advise against painting it.

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#6 posted 05-16-2012 05:15 PM

Do not paint it!

-- Bert

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#7 posted 05-16-2012 06:29 PM

Thanks for the compliments! Part of what makes carving so interesting for me, is trying to improve what I do, trying to get better with each carving, even if it is only one little area. I have always admired decoy carvers and other carvers who create super-detailed realistic carvings. Those types of carvings require extensive research and knowledge of the subject, plus skills in carving, burning, and painting, not only the subject but usually the habitat surrounding it. I usually am too lazy to take on such a complex project, since I primarily carve for pleasure and relaxation. But I have carved a few critters and I am hoping my skills have improved since I did the snake. To make it look real, I can’t just stop at carving…I want people to take a second look, to jump when they see it! Hopefully, I won’t mess it up too bad, but I bet I can find another stick if I get too carried away.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#8 posted 05-16-2012 09:00 PM

That’s amazing! Well done.

-- I never finish anyth

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#9 posted 05-16-2012 10:13 PM

Nicely carved! I would have never ‘found’ that lizard in the wood. Good work!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#10 posted 05-16-2012 10:41 PM

This is going to be a beautiful cane

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#11 posted 05-16-2012 11:30 PM

very kool..

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 05-17-2012 12:37 PM

Nice or should I say “I see a real lizard” my part of Arkansas I see them all the time. I wish I had a desire
to carve? I think it would really set off some of the things I make but then it may become a tug-o-war between which is most important the project or the carving? Do think it is more important one way or the other?

-- WoodyG

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#13 posted 05-17-2012 01:25 PM

For me, the project usually IS the carving itself! But I think I know what you mean…. is the function or design of the piece more important than the carving? Sometimes, but not necessarily. This cane is slightly more decorative, than it is functional. It is more of a show piece or conversation-starter than it is for comfort and support. At least for most people. But that is the design that I intended! For some things, a more subtle carving might enhance the piece, without overpowering, without taking it over and being the primary focus of the piece. Perhaps a beautiful turned vessel with a design carved or burned around the rim or the foot? Someone here recently posted a beautiful jewelry box that was a scaled down bow front dresser with ball & claw feet. The piece would not have been the same without the feet, but your eye is first attracted to the beautiful curves of the drawers. Since all my pieces are carvings, that is my design focus. But I still try to compliment that with an appropriate base or other mechanical pieces or such that I use as a backdrop for my carving. So, I guess both are equally important, but one aspect may be more in the spotlight than another?

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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