A Tale of Two Dragons

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Project by johnhutchinson posted 241 days ago 865 views 6 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 241 days ago

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 241 days ago

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

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 241 days ago

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 241 days ago

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 241 days ago

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 241 days ago

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

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 241 days ago

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

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#8 posted 241 days ago

Beautiful little dragon and a great story too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 240 days ago

I agree with all the above

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#10 posted 240 days ago

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 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 240 days ago

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!


-- Candy is dandy and rum sure is fun, but wood working is the best high for me!

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#12 posted 240 days ago

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 240 days ago

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

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 239 days ago

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 . . .


-- Candy is dandy and rum sure is fun, but wood working is the best high for me!

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#15 posted 239 days ago

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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