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, http://mikepounders.weebly.com