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Project by kookiemomster48 posted 1463 days ago 1346 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a root my customer, CJ, had for years. He wanted it to look more like a snake.
Since the root was quite old and very, very dry I first soaked it in boiled linseed oil for a day, then let it dry again for a week.
Then I had to drill and peg with dowel and wood glue to strengthen weak spots. More cracks and breaks were filled with wood glue and sawdust paste and again allowed to harden well. I took over two months, working on it a little at a time.
I had to cut off some places that were still too “punky” to carve and the neck area was too fragile for me to get a true head shape but he and I were both satisfied with the results. He plans to add real rattlesnake rattles to the tail.
I’m not much of a painter but I think he’ll still get quite a few guests being quite startled at this little fella on his porch.
The tongue is a small piece of red wire.
Its not fine carving but was fun.

-- Eclectic wood, wire, stone and bead lover http://www.etsy.com/shop/kookiemomster48





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mcoyfrog

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#1 posted 1463 days ago

Awesome, great job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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mtkate

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#2 posted 1463 days ago

The second pic is the end job? Good one!

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kookiemomster48

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#3 posted 1463 days ago

Yes, that should have been the first pic and the “starter wood” the second but I was too lazy to change it. Thanks. I’m kinda proud of it considering I’m a very poor painter…

-- Eclectic wood, wire, stone and bead lover http://www.etsy.com/shop/kookiemomster48

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kookiemomster48

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#4 posted 1463 days ago

I just notice the snake looks a bit cockeyed in that pic. LOL Must be all the dowels.

-- Eclectic wood, wire, stone and bead lover http://www.etsy.com/shop/kookiemomster48

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