Articulated Dragon for Charity and Weyr, With Special Thanks to LJ John Hutchinson

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Project by HillbillyShooter posted 09-16-2015 09:12 PM 2295 views 8 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The main photograph is of a very special dragon that I built for a charity auction that the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri held back in March (yes, I know I’m late, but better late than never, besides I’d rather play in the shop than write up articles since my day job entails a lot of writing). It is build from Bloodwood (body. wing veins and hind legs), Purpleheart (hips, tail and head comb), Lacewood (wings), White Oak (wheels)

However, before doing so I sought permission from John Hutchinson since it was being sold for charity and not my own personal use. John wasn’t too excited about the idea but his “cat Gels gave it a two-paws-up,” which made John join in and grant his permission. I tried to recognize John as the designer with the stamp on the bottom of the dragon as seen in the second photograph.

While I was at it, I went ahead and made three other dragons as gifts for my secretary’s new baby and family, ergo a dragon weyr (the third, fourth and fifth photographs). these were made from cherry, walnut and oak.

As always, comments (good, bad, critical or whatever) are greatly appreciated. Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 09-16-2015 09:42 PM

What a cool toy! Love the woods you choose. really nicely done. Kudos to you for recognizing the designer – not everyone does!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#2 posted 09-16-2015 10:00 PM

nice toy my friend!

-- James,Alabama,

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#3 posted 09-16-2015 10:01 PM

What a fun project. Any kid would love one of these. GREAT job

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#4 posted 09-16-2015 10:35 PM

Wow, those are really coo, John. Very nice gifts!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 09-16-2015 11:05 PM

Awesome toys John. I am sure they will be a great hit at the auction.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 09-16-2015 11:09 PM

Cool! Shards! I wonder if I’m the only one here who knows what a weyr is.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#7 posted 09-16-2015 11:23 PM

This is amazing! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 09-16-2015 11:43 PM

Man that’s a great looking dragon! Some lucky kid’s gonna love this!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 09-16-2015 11:54 PM

Very creative. Love these things.

-- Joe - - When 10 million people believe in a dumb idea, it's still a dumb idea.

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#10 posted 09-17-2015 12:01 AM

Very cool toys and very well crafted John.
My hat off to you for doing this for charity and gifts for people near your heart .
It was also a great gesture from Jon Hutchison to give his permission to copy the design .


-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 09-17-2015 02:04 AM

Looking good John. The dragon population is on the rise again!

-- Todd

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#12 posted 09-17-2015 02:24 AM

Excellent work on this John. I could only imagine how tedious it must of been. Almost make one want to be a kid again.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 09-17-2015 02:51 AM

That is great … Amazing work

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 09-17-2015 03:35 AM

Howdy John,
I popped into LJs for a moment and I find both your mastery and heart in the first few minutes of my visit. Once again, I am awed by your ability. One again, I am humbled by your generosity. Well done sir.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#15 posted 09-17-2015 04:07 AM


Hope it’s a successful auction. Lots of care went into these little guys!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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