Dragon's Wake

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Project by Lazarus posted 01-24-2013 03:28 AM 2216 views 8 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, I want to thank my brother, Det, for giving me the majority of the wood that went into this project. The hull the decking, dragon’s head, and a lot more is of Sen wood. This was formally pallet wood that he inhertited from his father-in-law. The accent pieces; railing, gates, dragon’s neck, etc, are of cocobolo. The sails and water barrels are made of oak. This is my first attempt at carving, and my hat is off to those who do it all the time. The bow and aft section of the boat were made of seperate segmented rings, flattened and turned, then cut in half and glued at either ends of two long staves. These were again flattened by running through the planer and then glued and stacked. This was, oddly enough, the hardest part, and when it first fell apart on me, I felt like I had a few hours worth of kindling. But, I persevered and managed to get the hull glued together. I used a disk sander to flatten and smooth it out into it’s final shape. The deck was made of thin lathes glued in sections and then glued side to side, offset, and then planed. The barrels are made of 8 pieces of oak, cut into staves, glued, and then turned. The rings were formed by friction pyrography. For the sails, I thin sliced some oak (again, from an old pallet). I made a sled to cut slots in both sides of the dowels and then glued them into the sails. The masts are turned Sen wood. The base is seperate and of Sen wood and Cocobolo. I offset the base and slanted it to make the ship more kinetic, and giving it a sense of motion. I finished the ship with spar urethane, and the sails with a walnut stain.

This was an incredibly fun project. While it had it’s challenges, I still couldn’t wait to get out to the shop every day to work on it and I’m getting a little post partem depression, now that it’s done. Oh well, I’m not out of wood, yet.

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#1 posted 01-24-2013 03:36 AM

This is great, very nice work!

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#2 posted 01-24-2013 03:44 AM

Sweet! How long did this take to complete?

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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#3 posted 01-24-2013 04:08 AM

Excellent work. I wish I had your patience. it looks so real I expect to see people running aropund on the deck. You did not mention the dimensions. It is hard to tell from the pictures. If you get the chance post them.

-- Jim, Eagle Point, Oregon

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#4 posted 01-24-2013 04:17 AM

Outstanding work! Very nicely done and great photography.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 01-24-2013 04:42 AM

Stick a balloon on it and it will look strikingly similar to the one in the Of Monsters and Men, Little Talks video.

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#6 posted 01-24-2013 04:46 AM

Really splendid work! Such exquisite detail! I, too, would like to know how large it is. Everything about it is outstanding, including the photography. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 01-24-2013 06:24 AM

Very cool boat.

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#8 posted 01-24-2013 11:12 AM

I love this. Anything original is always welcome. You did some wonderful work here both artistically and craft wise. You certainly captured the Chinese spirit with it.

Can you please let us know it’s length and width just to give us an idea of what you were working with?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 01-24-2013 11:36 AM

I love this piece. It shows a lot of imagination and creativity.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 01-24-2013 12:15 PM

Fantastic job. The fact that is “your” design says a lot to me.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 01-24-2013 01:14 PM

i like it the detail is good, nice job

-- Punk in PA

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#12 posted 01-24-2013 02:03 PM

Just WOW! That ship should be on a movie set or in a museum or something. Excellent detail.

-- I make lots of dust, everything else is just a byproduct of the dust making process!...Frank,NJ

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#13 posted 01-24-2013 02:31 PM

Thank you so much for all the positive comments. LJ’s is such a great resource for peer group feedback. The length of the ship is 2 feet 9 inches, width is 1 foot, and height is just a tad over 2 feet. It took me just under two months on this one, but we’ve got to include the amount of time it took for me to get my shop warmed up enough every day for glue to set up. Speaking of which, I forgot to mention that I used Titebond II for the majority of the glue ups, though I did use Titebond III when working with the Cocobolo.

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#14 posted 01-24-2013 02:56 PM

wow, that is great work. A beautiful ship and such wonderful detail.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#15 posted 01-24-2013 03:57 PM

That is so cool. You guys who do the tiny scale work are really something else.

-- Brian Timmons -

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