|Project by KnotCurser||posted 12-31-2009 09:50 PM||8705 views||10 times favorited||11 comments|
Once upon a year I saw a web posting on how to make a simple, 4 piece fish puzzle out of a scrap of wood. I thought “This is cool, and should be really easy to do in my spare time”. I quickly made some and gave them out as gifts. If anyone wants the pattern, just ask!
Then came the idea – “You know, if you change the head a little it could look like a snake. And you could probably add more pieces” One thing leads to another and now it wasn’t a simple project anymore. It was more of an obsession – just how long of a snake could I make? The answer turned out to be over 20 inches long – since I have a 20 inch throat on my scrollsaw.
I practiced a bit and finally turned out my “Black Snake” – black walnut snake to be more exact. It has 45 pieces and can bend over two inches at any given point. It has seriously scared a few people who saw me pick it up from where it sits on my entertainment center – this I consider a compliment ;-)
And the answer is “Yes” – I did indeed mix all the pieces up and put it back together. Once. Just once.
Oh yeah – the two fish I made out of the scrap pieces of the snake. Couldn’t waste good walnut!
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