Progress on lizard cane

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Blog entry by mpounders posted 800 days ago 907 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the shape all blocked out and carved. I ran into a few insect holes, but I filled them and a few checks where the limbs were with some epoxy putty. I decided I would carve the eyes rather than order some glass ones. I’ve been wanting to try a technique I’ve heard others mention using epoxy to give them a realistic look.

Here you can see the size of the carving and stick. It is not a tall stick, but you can rest your hand on the end or hold it slightly below the top.

Here is the progress I made on the burning. Although the scales are smaller than a snake, the burning goes pretty quick because they are an easier shape. I use a micro writing tip that has been ground down to a needle point, with my Colwood burner. I’ve got some decent reference pictures, and I just try to keep the shapes and direction of the scales going in a way that looks natural. I always start at the head first, figuring I better get that looking good, working out any issues with scales or patterns. This is about 3hours of burning so far. Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 800 days ago

Great job Mike. It looks extremely realistic. Your talent is humbling.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#2 posted 800 days ago

beautiful job with high finished and designing


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#3 posted 800 days ago

Good stuff Mike. It’s going to look great when he’s finished.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 800 days ago

Your carvings really come to life Mike. Very awesome!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 800 days ago

this is going to be a fantastic piece Mike.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#6 posted 800 days ago

Fantastic detail. I’ll be watching for the finished cane!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#7 posted 800 days ago

looks great so far Mike

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#8 posted 800 days ago

That is so cool! Looking forward to seeing the completed project.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#9 posted 800 days ago

Love it, love it, love it! I’ll bet once you paint it, it’ll come to life after midnight!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#10 posted 800 days ago

Man, that lizard looks alive Mike! Excellent work and very artistic too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 799 days ago

That is truly amazing. Can’t wait to see it finished…

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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