|Project by kookiemomster48||posted 07-21-2010 05:27 PM||1529 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
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