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Project by mpounders posted 06-02-2016 03:08 PM 737 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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,

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#1 posted 06-02-2016 03:32 PM

WOW !! very nice

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#2 posted 06-02-2016 03:34 PM

Don’t get bit!

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 06-02-2016 03:34 PM

This is a great piece of work, Mike.

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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#4 posted 06-02-2016 04:45 PM

Very nice.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#5 posted 06-02-2016 06:26 PM

Wow! It’s alive! Incredibly realistic. This eye must be real!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 06-02-2016 06:37 PM


-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#7 posted 06-02-2016 08:33 PM

So good it could be real .. really scarry too!
Exceptional work Mike?

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#8 posted 06-03-2016 12:04 PM

Super realistic. Don’t know if I’d wanna lean on this cane….......might get bit… LOL

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 06-03-2016 03:26 PM

Beautiful work, Mike!

-- Semper Fi

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#10 posted 06-05-2016 10:06 AM

Excellent carving.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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