Carved Cobra

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Project by DocT posted 06-03-2009 08:03 AM 2931 views 3 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m not much of a snake person, but I saw a cobra similar to this in a carving book and was immediately drawn to the sinuous shape. My first reaction was that the piece looked more steam bent than carved. It is seemingly carved from one piece of wood…but how can the grain run both vertically and horizontally?! The trick (as you can see in the last photo) is a rabbeted join hidden under the sculpture. This allows the long grain to run vertically in the neck and horizontally in the body. Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for the original design. The planning was brilliant.

It is carved from a 4” thick slab of black walnut and stand approx. 15” tall. The two pieces are joined with six metal rods and epoxy. The piece is finished with lacquer.

If I carved it again, I would spend some extra time on the body scales making them smaller and closer together.


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#1 posted 06-03-2009 08:19 AM

I agree with maybe doing the scales different after reading your writeup, and looking closely at the pics I could see what you mean, but dang! The initial impression was great. When I saw the thumbnail of your project posted, I just had to take a closer look. You really captured it. I like it.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#2 posted 06-03-2009 09:05 AM

Awesome job! Thanks for sharing

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#3 posted 06-03-2009 10:12 AM

Nicely done and out of the ordinary! Thanks for showing it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 06-03-2009 11:40 AM

Uhhhhh you win. This is indescribably cool!

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#5 posted 06-03-2009 01:44 PM

Very impressive.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 06-03-2009 01:58 PM

The detail work is very impressive.

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#7 posted 06-03-2009 02:17 PM

WOW! That is cool. You’re not short on talent, that’s for sure.

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#8 posted 06-03-2009 02:18 PM

Looks like a ribbon winner to me.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#9 posted 06-03-2009 02:18 PM

it’s great, I love the hidden join. It’s so graceful looking I want to stroke it.

-- Kate,

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#10 posted 06-03-2009 02:37 PM

Being partial to cobras myself…Yours is exquisite!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#11 posted 06-03-2009 03:51 PM

Beautiful creation!
You have done a splendid job.
Thanks for sharing

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#12 posted 06-03-2009 03:58 PM

Fantastic job!

I’m surprised no one has said it yet, but…..

You should have used SNAKEWOOD! :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 06-03-2009 04:08 PM

Unique a great carving

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#14 posted 06-03-2009 05:31 PM

That is a great carving job. Nicely done!

-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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#15 posted 06-03-2009 05:56 PM

it’s beautiful … great job . there must be a lot of work in a piece like that

-- Paul , Calfornia

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