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Project by Jerome posted 1601 days ago 2537 views 20 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A pen box made of two mahogany slabs.
That white thingy is a clay model I made before carving the lid…

The dragon is based on an illustration by John Howe.

Hope you enjoy!

Btw, thanks for the welcoming words!

-- http://www.sculpture-bois.ch/





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jayjay

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#1 posted 1601 days ago

Welcome to LJ, Thas is very impressive. Care to share a little more about it. What kind of wood is it, type of finish, etc. You’ve got some skill and talent.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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Cozmo35

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#2 posted 1601 days ago

This is going into my favorites! As jayjay stated,...”You’ve got some skill and talent”!

How did you come up with the design? What kind of wood is that?

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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Jerome

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#3 posted 1601 days ago

Thanks!
I finished that mahogay with tung oil and wax. That’s all I know about finishing, so far…
The design comes from that illustration, I just clipped the wings and some other things…

-- http://www.sculpture-bois.ch/

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blockhead

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#4 posted 1601 days ago

What a beautiful pen box. The carving is spectacular. I don’t know anything really about carving. How did you go about carving all of the small stones?, dimples? under and around the dragon? That had to be tedious. Thanks for posting and welcome to LJ’s!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

#5 posted 1601 days ago

What does SMAUG mean?
Beautiful carving!

d

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 1601 days ago

Glorious! You sir, have mad skills.

@Don – Smaug was a gold hoarding dragon in J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Jerome

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#7 posted 1601 days ago

Thanks!
Smaug is just that lizzard’s name, from Tolkien’s Hobbit book.
He’s lying on a pile of coins… They were just chiseled with a gouge of same ‘diameter’.

-- http://www.sculpture-bois.ch/

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zlatanv

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#8 posted 1601 days ago

Wow, very detailed carving, nice work.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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bigike

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#9 posted 1601 days ago

very nice detail on the carving, good idea to do the clay model first.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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Raspar

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#10 posted 1601 days ago

Great box, I love the Tolkien reference. This would also make a great humidor model.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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blackcherry

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#11 posted 1601 days ago

WAY COOL!!!!!!!!!!

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Chips

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#12 posted 1601 days ago

Very Nice. Like your work. Thanks for posting.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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Thos. Angle

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#13 posted 1601 days ago

Great work!! More from Tolkien coming our way?????

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Threeseamonsters

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#14 posted 1601 days ago

Very nice!

-- jn

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webwood

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#15 posted 1601 days ago

very cool – love the top

-- -erik & christy-

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