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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!
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#1 posted 03-04-2010 02:59 PM
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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#2 posted 03-04-2010 03:02 PM
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
#3 posted 03-04-2010 03:05 PM
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…
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#4 posted 03-04-2010 03:24 PM
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.
Don "Dances with Wood" Butler
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#5 posted 03-04-2010 03:36 PM
What does SMAUG mean?Beautiful carving!
-- Will trade wife's yarn for wood.
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#6 posted 03-04-2010 03:57 PM
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.
#7 posted 03-04-2010 03:57 PM
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’.
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#8 posted 03-04-2010 04:05 PM
Wow, very detailed carving, nice work.
-- Z, Rockwall, TX
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#9 posted 03-04-2010 04:47 PM
very nice detail on the carving, good idea to do the clay model first.
-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://email@example.com
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#10 posted 03-04-2010 05:03 PM
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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#12 posted 03-04-2010 05:42 PM
Very Nice. Like your work. Thanks for posting.
-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi
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#13 posted 03-04-2010 05:56 PM
Great work!! More from Tolkien coming our way?????
-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon
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#15 posted 03-04-2010 07:02 PM
very cool – love the top
-- -erik & christy-
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