The Guardian Dragon

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Project by alwaysscrolling posted 02-08-2016 07:17 PM 1052 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This a project which I completed back in July, 2015. The Dragon was entered into the Orange County, CA Fair last year and it received a second place award. All of the woods are their natural color with the exception of the green. The green is bass wood with a green trans tint added. The teeth are made of white corian. I included a couple of photos before the backing and frame was added as well as one before the shaping and finish was added. The pattern came from a past Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts magazine. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 02-08-2016 07:18 PM

Forgot to mention that the frame was also custom made from Maple with an inlay of Purple Heart.

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#2 posted 02-08-2016 07:49 PM

wow, that is beautiful.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#3 posted 02-08-2016 10:41 PM

My goodness this is amazing.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 02-08-2016 11:33 PM

Good details,congratulations!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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#5 posted 02-09-2016 01:46 AM

Wow, this IS amazing!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 02-09-2016 01:48 AM

you did a great job on my Dragon

-- Bruce / / You never stop learning

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#7 posted 02-09-2016 04:52 AM

That is awesome. How many pieces is it.

-- Couldn't think of anything clever. I LIKE WOOD

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#8 posted 02-09-2016 11:19 AM

Great job – This is slick

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#9 posted 02-09-2016 02:08 PM

This is absolutely amazing. It’s so beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 02-09-2016 05:02 PM

Amazing work just beautiful.

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

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#11 posted 02-09-2016 07:03 PM

I’ve been admiring this for the last hour. Great fun!

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#12 posted 02-09-2016 07:15 PM

Many thanks for the great comments. Bruce W., thanks for the design. It was a fun project but way too many hours in the overall completion but well worth the effort.

Douzki I believe there were approx. 170+ pieces overall. The backer board is a piece of baltic birch ply which I was able to arrange a body shop put an auto paint finish with a clear coat and this helped with the overall pop of the project.

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#13 posted 02-12-2016 09:35 AM

Realy incredibly how you managed to express movement of that dragon.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 06-08-2016 10:10 PM

WOW! Best one of those dragons I have seen to date. Great piece of art.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#15 posted 10-29-2016 07:23 PM

Beautiful work and the subject is fantastic. I want to do one so I spent quite a bit of time online trying to fond the pattern and finally found it, I didn’t realize it is a 21” by 26” dragon!!
Here’s the website with the pattern and many other intarsia patterns.


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