|Project by mpounders||posted 06-02-2016 03:08 PM||899 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
I have carved a few snakes on longer staffs of different woods, but it is bit of work, twisting and turning a long stick and doing all the details on a large snake. Plus you have to deal with different defects and qualities and hardness of the wood. I like interesting sticks with different types of bark, but that doesn’t mean they are good to carve on! A great snake carver told me that I shouldn’t limit my carving to fitting the natural curves in some sticks. He said I should always make the wood fit my imagination, my design! So, I have tried a few designs, using basswood, and trying to keep the function of the handle. I think this turned out well, with the pose of the snake, and I was pleased to get the length to about 17” by wrapping and curling it about the handle and keeping a comfortable grip. Thanks for looking!
-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com