Dragon Wand

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Project by EPJartisan posted 02-01-2011 11:51 PM 4002 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine had made a Christmas promise to his 7 year old nephew that he would have a wand custom made. Well, he dropped the ball and when Christmas came, his nephew (an avid Harry Potter fan) was incredibly disappointed. So I got an emergency phone call just before New Years. The request was a wand just like Harry Potters, only with a dragon head on the hilt. Took me a while to get to the project, but it was so much fun carving a mythical animal I finished it in 6 hours (from clay model to varnish finish). Harry Potter’s wand is made of Holly… not an easy thing to obtain here in Chicago. So I opted for American Sycamore. The parenchyma cells make a scale-like figure when carved or turned to a radius, so I figures it would be perfect. The figuring really shows on the dragon’s horns. I like sycamore a lot… a water pioneer tree and one of the tallest (but no where near biggest) trees in North America. New to carving the wood, it was beautiful… though light and with the occasional fragile grain, but in all I found it to hold edges really well, and cuts like butter without dulling the tools too much.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#1 posted 02-02-2011 01:05 AM

That is a lovely piece of work! I have not worked with sycamore yet.

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#2 posted 02-02-2011 01:07 AM

very nicely done.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 02-02-2011 01:50 AM

Nice work!! I carved a dragon wand for my wife a couple of weeks ago except I have the wand coming out of the dragons mouth, I used cherry and purple hearth for mine. I hope to get it posted this week along with some carving knifes I have been making.

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#4 posted 02-02-2011 02:03 AM

Great job, I’ll have to check and see if sycamore around these parts.

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#5 posted 02-02-2011 02:36 AM

That’s just total fun for all involved. You had fun making it and the boy getting it is gong to have tons of fun! Nice details too.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#6 posted 02-02-2011 06:12 AM

Man, I’m glad my 3 year old didn’t see this. He would play with that forever. Great job.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#7 posted 02-02-2011 08:12 PM

nice shillelagh

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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#8 posted 02-10-2011 09:18 PM

Good looking wand. Sure he was pleased!

Good choice of wood. That always makes the difference in the finished piece, from okay to great.
The dragon is cool. Love the fangs under there. Nice detail all over. Face it, he wont be playing with it all the time, so it makes a nice display. Well done…..........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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