|Project by EPJartisan||posted 02-01-2011 11:51 PM||3264 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
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.
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