|Project by DocT||posted 06-03-2009 08:03 AM||2644 views||3 times favorited||24 comments|
I’m not much of a snake person, but I saw a cobra similar to this in a carving book and was immediately drawn to the sinuous shape. My first reaction was that the piece looked more steam bent than carved. It is seemingly carved from one piece of wood…but how can the grain run both vertically and horizontally?! The trick (as you can see in the last photo) is a rabbeted join hidden under the sculpture. This allows the long grain to run vertically in the neck and horizontally in the body. Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for the original design. The planning was brilliant.
It is carved from a 4” thick slab of black walnut and stand approx. 15” tall. The two pieces are joined with six metal rods and epoxy. The piece is finished with lacquer.
If I carved it again, I would spend some extra time on the body scales making them smaller and closer together.