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Project by Druid posted 1169 days ago 1504 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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shipwright

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#1 posted 1169 days ago

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 1169 days ago

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 1169 days ago

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 1169 days ago

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

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 1169 days ago

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 1169 days ago

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 1169 days ago

Nice work John.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 1168 days ago

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 1168 days ago

very nice indeed

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

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#10 posted 1168 days ago

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 1168 days ago

Rustic and Dave – Glad you like it. Thanks.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 1149 days ago

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 1148 days ago

Thanks Michael.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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