Dragonfly Carving

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Project by Ph1pps posted 06-23-2014 06:42 PM 1437 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Carved from Black Cherry found in my dad’s woodpile and some left over pieces of Curly Maple. The Curly Maple kind of make the wings shimmer in the light, which isn’t captured very well in the photo. I also glued a rare earth magnet onto the bottom.

Added a new photo with another coat of full strength spar varnish (previous two coats were diluted 50-50 mineral spirits I had sitting around from other projects as a wiping varnish). Should add that it is about 4.5” by 7” in size.

Thinking of making more of a similar nature to sell for work charity drive, any opinions on a fair price (for charity) that people would consider paying for this type of carving? Also will be doing other insects such as butterflies, grasshoppers, beetles, etc., all done as fridge magnets.

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#1 posted 06-23-2014 08:48 PM

Nice work! Looks wonderful.

I love dragon flies. I got a great photo of an emerald green one last year, but I lost it when my hard disk crashed. Luckily I got another one last week, but not as beautiful as the first one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 06-23-2014 09:46 PM

I love dragon flies too, real ones and your carving. It’s hard to tell without a reference, but is this life-sized or larger?

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#3 posted 06-24-2014 01:32 AM

Cool! Great looking piece.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 06-24-2014 01:49 AM

Adorable! Nicely executed! I love dragon flies too and just saw several along with a damsel fly among my water plants.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 06-24-2014 04:00 AM

I’m pretty much on the fence when it comes to dragon flies, but I do love creative and well executed carvings. Great little carving!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 06-24-2014 10:59 AM

Very nice

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 06-24-2014 05:48 PM

My sister would LOVE this! Great job!

-- - Nathan H., Iowa

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#8 posted 06-28-2014 10:58 AM

Beautiful carving!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 06-28-2014 01:10 PM

Really neat. You have a winner, there.
No idea where to price it. Since it’s an auction, the buyers will tell you.
Great idea to make a series of insects.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 06-28-2014 01:21 PM

Wow! That’s a great carving.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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