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Snake, Dragon, Wolf

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Project by DonSol posted 04-25-2015 04:11 AM 1006 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a manzanita root from Arizona. I seen this at Woodcraft but didn’t buy it cause I didn’t know what I would do with it even though I liked the looks of it. Went back a couple months later, bought it and still hd no plans for it. So for several years it sat on a shelf where I could see it every day. Once in awhile I would take it down and dust it off.

One day I was cleaning it and my youngest grandson was with me. He could just see over the top of the work bench and got a little excited and said “Grandpa there is a snake and dragon”. I argued with him about the snake but eventually I gave in. You can see them in the first picture, bottom left of the piece is the snake and right above it is the dragon. In the second and third picture you can see the wolf at the upper part of the lid.

Years later when I decided to slice it but my bandsaw wasn’t big enough. I took it to a friends shop to cut it on his bandsaw. For 1/2 hour he tried different ways to get a straight line on it but nothing would work. I told him I would cut it free hand, on the back side I could get 3 points on the table. He bet me $10 I could not cut it straight. When I got done he put a straight edge on both pieces and they were straight. I was just as surprised as he was. So I used his band saw, got his $10 and we sat on his front porch and drank a couple of his beers.

I used a router with a straight bit and made several passes to make the cavities. It has several coats of Danish oil and wax for the finish. The approximate measurements are 12”w X 8 1/2”d X 6 1/2”h.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle





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#1 posted 04-27-2015 02:02 PM

Nice story, Don. It is difficult to see the figures in the photos but I believe you and to your grandson. At the bottom line it is nice. I had some olive roots which were waiting on the projects line for an idea what to do with them, some of them were finished and some were still waiting.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#2 posted 04-27-2015 07:26 PM

Eli, I know i had it a couple of years before he was born in 2001 and I just liked looking at it. He was about 3 when i had it on the bench dusting it off when he seen the snake and dragon. We went around and around for about five minutes before I gave in. I was 6 years later before I sliced it and routed out the cavities.

I had to be careful not to go to deep because of the natural cavities on the outside of the piece. Each cavity I put in has a different depth because of this.

My grandson has a birthday coming up and I am going to give this to him. Every time they are here he gets it down and looks it over. I think I have had it long enough.


Nice story, Don. It is difficult to see the figures in the photos but I believe you and to your grandson. At the bottom line it is nice. I had some olive roots which were waiting on the projects line for an idea what to do with them, some of them were finished and some were still waiting.

- Eli Adamit


-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#3 posted 04-28-2015 04:00 AM

Nice gift for the grandson. I know, it is difficult to work with a root.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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