A Tale of Two Dragons

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Project by johnhutchinson posted 12-30-2013 05:28 PM 1978 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I joined LumberJocks about a month ago because of a blog entry by A.J. Hamler. In it, he talked about making one of my dragons as a Christmas gift for a grandchild. And then this morning, a photo of the new arrival (the first picture) showed up in my inbox. FAR OUT !!!

AJ gave his dragon a little more “attitude”—must be a male. :) He also added what looks like opposable thumbs on the wings. Another leap forward for dragondom!

I loved his comment, and I think it’s worth sharing …

“As predicted, my grandson Jed will likely not be allowed to touch it till he’s a teenager—my daughter immediately considered that, as an endangered species, it should be under her protection in the environmental safety of her office. She promised to let him watch her play with it, though.”

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#1 posted 12-30-2013 05:33 PM

Both are outstanding, and your story is great. Thanks for sharing!

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

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#2 posted 12-30-2013 05:44 PM

Great job. I say let them play with it. If it breaks, then it’s a reason to go to the shop.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-30-2013 05:52 PM

John C. —The dragon has turned out to be a great story that doesn’t seem to have an end. :)

Monte—I’m with you, but I do hide mine from my 2-year-old granddaughter. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#4 posted 12-30-2013 05:59 PM

A grandchild named Jed ought to be able to play with the dragon for goodness sake :-) Cool toy!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 12-30-2013 06:15 PM

I don’t see a dragging tail! chuckle

These are good looking! Do you have any plans available?

I should build more toys for my grand kids. The oldest boy, one who is 8, and I built a coin flipper but by his standards it took way too long.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 12-30-2013 06:58 PM

AWESOME! Love the story. Gotta take care of endangered species. Great job buddy

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#7 posted 12-30-2013 07:59 PM

Heck, I am 66 and I would most certainly play with it also…

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#8 posted 12-30-2013 10:15 PM

Beautiful little dragon and a great story too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 12-31-2013 07:30 AM

I agree with all the above

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#10 posted 12-31-2013 03:27 PM

OK that does it, time to head for the shop and make a plain one out of pine for Jed, small grandsons are also
an endangered species that grow up all to soon.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 12-31-2013 03:32 PM

John, based on your first one published here I built a version for my little grandson. He loves it, and seems to prefer it above all his other Xmas gifts. My daughter says he is simply going ‘old school’. I don’t consider this one ‘endangered’, even though it will likely be damaged. I am happy to see it played with – I can always build another! (And, I plan to – a larger version for my wife!)

This took way more time than I first thought since I had to figure it all out, but it was gratifying to do. Once I build something as a gift I put its fate out of my mind. Here’s a short video of my version in action. note that mine is painted, since I figured a small child is more attracted to the colorful than to neutral wood colors, as beautiful as those can be:

Thank you very much for the idea and motivation!


-- "Never let your dogma be run over by your karma!"

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#12 posted 12-31-2013 04:51 PM

Erik—You brought a tear to my eye. Both your dragon and your video are SPECTACULAR!!!
From this day forward, let it be known that Erik is Grand Dragon Master of the Known Universe.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#13 posted 12-31-2013 05:43 PM

These look great and I’ll bet they were fun to make.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 01-01-2014 04:48 AM

Thanks for your kind comments John – and for all your articulation ideas. I am motivated to try out some new articulation projects now – as soon as I’m done with some honey-do’s . . .


-- "Never let your dogma be run over by your karma!"

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#15 posted 01-01-2014 06:05 PM

You’ve inspired me to keep the dragon alive. I sent an email to Rob Johnstone at Woodworker’s Journal and asked what it would take to release the dragon article and plans to LumberJocks members.
And then, once a year, there would be a LJ build-off similar to the Cub Scout’s Pine Block Derby. I’m seeing the judges as a panel of children.
The winner gets a red Ferrari (or something of equivalent value) and happily drives off into the sunset.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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