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Blog entry by mpounders posted 07-24-2012 02:12 PM 4159 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few more pictures of the progress on this stick. I completed burning all the scales…finally! But the painting is really what seems to take a long time. I put several coats of white gesso on as a base. It helps the acrylic paint adhere well and the white base makes it easier (at least for me) to get truer colors. This is intended to be a copperhead snake. I just keep painting it until it looks like a snake! I don’t really like the way the eyes look, so I’ve ordered some plastic ones that should be more realistic. Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 07-24-2012 03:44 PM

WOW…that looks amazing! I would love to be able to carve like that! very nice job – excited to see the finished piece!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 07-24-2012 06:34 PM

Ok Mike. Now that’s startin to look way too live… Comin to life right quickly

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

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Mark A. DeCou

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#3 posted 07-24-2012 08:58 PM

another masterpiece work Mike.
What we’ve come to expect from you.
well done,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#4 posted 07-24-2012 09:01 PM

Looks fantastic so far Mike.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-25-2012 12:28 AM

That is looking awesome. I can’t believe you burned in all those scales! One of my friends from KY used to call every snake he saw a “rattle headed copper moccasin’. Looking forward to the grand finale.

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

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#6 posted 07-25-2012 01:05 AM

Mike, That is starting to look way too real for me! Make sure your plastic eyes have vertically slitted pupils if you are going for authentic. All our venomous snakes (except the coral snake) have vertical slitted pupils while the non-venomous snakes have round pupils (just a gee whiz fact). Keep posting progress on this amazing stick.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 07-26-2012 01:50 AM

lookin good Mike

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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