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Project by Druid posted 05-19-2011 07:05 AM 1544 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago, a friend who is a commercial artist gave me a pen & ink drawing of a Dragon as a birthday present (Photo 4). I really like it, and I finally decided to try creating a relief carving based on the drawing. I have several walnut award plaques that I saved from being thrown into the garbage at a company where I worked a few years back, so I decided to use one of them for this project.
The piece that I used is 12” x 9” x ¾” thick, and I carved the back to prevent having to deal with the laser engraving on what was the front. The darker background areas were given a coat of Danish Oil, and the Dragon and trees were burnished. The last photo is part of the rear side (now covered with black felt) showing the coin to date the carving.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada





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#1 posted 05-19-2011 07:10 AM

Cool dragon John. Does he spit high speed elongated golf balls? I like the interpretation of the line drawing to 3D.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#2 posted 05-19-2011 07:28 AM

Hi Paul, No, he flames them, then squeezes them with his fingers so they fit. He’s not a golfer either.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 05-19-2011 09:49 AM

Nice piece of detailed work John, well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 05-19-2011 01:08 PM

Very cool, John! I think it came out beautiful! Carving is something that I also want to do. I still have to try the chip carving class and try out my knives. :) Wonderful work. I also love how you date your pieces with the coin.

:) Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 05-19-2011 03:49 PM

Wonderful Piece, I have always been parcel to dragons. I find walnut a little tough to carve all that straight grain wants to chip out.

Joey

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 05-19-2011 04:11 PM

Beautiful carving. I am sure that in real life it looks even more beautiful. Photo may not always show everything.

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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#7 posted 05-19-2011 04:35 PM

Nice work John.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 05-19-2011 05:58 PM

Everyone – Thanks for the positive comments.
Joey – You are correct about the problems with carving walnut, but I had to find a use for that beautiful wood. The main problem is that walnut does not lend itself to very fine detail, but other than that, I found that it carves well with sharp tools.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#9 posted 05-19-2011 09:07 PM

very nice indeed

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 05-20-2011 02:47 AM

A very nice rendition of the drawing. When you go from paper to a carving. The difference between the 2d and 3d is amazing. It comes to life. Great job;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#11 posted 05-20-2011 07:17 AM

Rustic and Dave – Glad you like it. Thanks.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 06-08-2011 06:07 AM

Nice relief John you captured the dragon!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#13 posted 06-08-2011 11:23 PM

Thanks Michael.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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