Release the Dragons

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Project by kimosawboy posted 10-30-2014 02:38 PM 1510 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While walking our dogs on a nearby beach here on the east coast of Vancouver Island my wife and I spotted this interesting piece of driftwood. I went back with my chainsaw and cut off the most interesting bit realizing it was cedar.

Well that was at least two years ago now but recently while sorting through my raw materials I saw it and dragged it out. My wife caught a glimpse and said “that looks like two dragons”. And so I worked the driftwood to enhance “the dragons” and the grain of the wood.

I left the rough part of the driftwood weathered grey as it looked like the dragons’ scales but sanded the front and back flat to highlight the wood. The sanded parts were finished with polyurethane to bring out the colour.

After the initail shaping I was concerned with the flexibility of the whole piece. I got around this by gluing a spacer as well as a pinning a 1/4 ” dowel from the backside thru to the ’’tail’’ in front. In doing that bit of work it made the whole piece rigid once again.

The size is approximately 37” wide, 30” high and 12” deep at its base. The head is about 4” deep.

G Vavra

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#1 posted 10-30-2014 03:00 PM

That is spectacular! Really love the way the flats contrast against the outer driftwood. beautiful sculpture!

-- Gridlockd

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#2 posted 10-30-2014 07:21 PM

Very nice. I just loved what can be made from drift wood by just cleaning it up a bit. Thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 10-30-2014 11:28 PM

Great vision you have, I really like what you’ve done.

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#4 posted 10-31-2014 03:23 AM

Wow, your wife has a good eye.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 11-28-2016 12:48 AM

interesting piece – amazing what you can find and do with some common driftwood – great find and great work to bring out the dragons.

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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