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"Ozark Mountain Hellbender"

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Project by mpounders posted 09-03-2014 05:33 PM 1560 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Actually this is more of a lizard than a salamander, but I like the name! The hellbender lives in streams and can grow up to 2 feet in length, which would certainly be a startling sight for me. I think this guy might startle a few people too, although he seems friendly enough. This is a basswood top on a persimmon shaft, finished with satin polyurethane. The lizard is carved and the scales are burned on with a pen. The eyes get a touch of epoxy to give them a realistic glimmer. I made it a little tall, 38 1/2”, so it can be cut shorter if needed. Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com





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#1 posted 09-03-2014 05:48 PM

I really like this a lot! Beautiful work!

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#2 posted 09-03-2014 05:50 PM

you captured a great carving on a stick ,,,,,,,super job

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#3 posted 09-03-2014 06:55 PM

Very kewl

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#4 posted 09-04-2014 01:42 AM

Cool little feller.

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#5 posted 09-04-2014 02:41 AM

I’ve heard that some of the really good guys on LumberJocks donate canes like that to a fellow LJ (such as myself) who just happened to break his back about a year ago. Is that true? :)
But I’d probably stop physical therapy if I had it. It’s magnificent.

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#6 posted 09-04-2014 05:39 AM

That is truly some fantastic carving!
That little lizard looks like he just climbed up there for a look see!

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#7 posted 09-04-2014 01:01 PM

Mike, This is really amazing! This carving is beautiful!

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#8 posted 09-04-2014 01:24 PM

Another great carving, Mike.

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#9 posted 09-05-2014 11:41 AM

Very cool Mike

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#10 posted 09-09-2014 10:37 AM

I love it – Sooo much patience to do all those scales!

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