Drift Snake

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Project by Ihor posted 08-11-2014 05:42 AM 1196 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On my last day of vacation in Puerto Rico in February I found a driftwood on a beach. Today I finally finished it.
Carved with pocket knife. Only “skin” is made with curving tool. Finished with 15 coats of pure tung oil (with 3 days between coats) followed by 3 coats of wax. Eyes are made out of stone.

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#1 posted 08-11-2014 06:48 AM

This is awesome!i just did a carving on a spoon of a snake,i wish i could of made it as realistic looking as yours!great job!is drift wood hard or easy to carve?also does the fact it was in water cause any problems?

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#2 posted 08-11-2014 12:32 PM

Nice job and vision.

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#3 posted 08-11-2014 01:05 PM

Great “eye” to see this in this cool piece of wood!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#4 posted 08-11-2014 05:48 PM

very nice

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#5 posted 08-11-2014 06:32 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 08-11-2014 07:33 PM

Cool. Put that thing on anybodys porch and it’ll scare the crap out of them!

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#7 posted 08-11-2014 09:23 PM

I have a soft spot for snake projects. You’ve made a super cool snake. The wood looks great and has a nice finish. I like your carved snake head with the stone eyes.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 08-12-2014 12:29 AM

Thank you everyone for comments!

ashe, it wasn’t hard to carve. It was a soft type of wood. Water hardened it, but not everywhere. It wasn’t hard where I carved head. And the fact that it was in the water practically didn’t cause any problems. The only problem I had at the tail end. About 5 inches were too soft, but I cleaned it and after using tung oil you can’t see a difference. Tung oil hardened it very well, it’s one of the reason why I used it.

JoeinGa, it probably will. My friend, at first instance, mistaken it with a snake when she saw picture of it on my phone.

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#9 posted 08-12-2014 01:38 AM

That is very realistic.
Great job and finish.
Thanks for showing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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#10 posted 08-13-2014 12:13 PM

Very cool!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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