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Project by trasner posted 09-07-2015 05:38 PM 1811 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did not plan on posting this articulating toy dragon because it has already been posted a couple of times. But he is such a cute little guy that I just wanted to share it again. This little masterpiece is the genius of my new friend John Hutchinson. I saw it last year after it was posted by another lumberjock. It was originally published in the April 2000 edition of Woodworker’s Journal. I knew I had to make one so I searched high and low for the edition and eventually I found a bundled group for sale on Ebay. I felt like I found the holy grail. The pattern and instructions were easy to follow. I enjoyed making it so much that I made two of them (one for each of my twin boys). The one on the left is Bloodwood and Purpleheart, the one on the right is Padauk and Chakte Viga. When you push or pull the dragon, the mouth opens and closes, the crown shakes, the wings shuffle, and the tail goes up and down. Honestly I am enjoying these more than the twins. I will probably hand them over in about 10 years. Check out some of the other amazing creations from my man and fellow lumberjock John Hutchinson (

As usual, thanks for looking.

-- Todd

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#1 posted 09-07-2015 05:45 PM

These are amazing. I can’t think of a kid that wouldn’t like them.


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#2 posted 09-07-2015 06:46 PM

Always big ’+’ for wooden toys! I like types of woods you choose.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 09-07-2015 08:14 PM

SHEER AWESOMENESS !!! ... if I do say, myself. :-)

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

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#4 posted 09-07-2015 08:35 PM

I am making the foray into kids pull toys as we speak and these dragons blow me away.
I am making a frog where the legs move, but these dragons are on another level. Well done!!!

When I get a few more under my hat, I am going to have to look for that copy of WW Journal.

This will be “Favorited” by me. It deserves it!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#5 posted 09-07-2015 08:40 PM

Double dragons are pretty awesome!
They are bound to create exitement in some lucky kids.

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

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#6 posted 09-08-2015 01:05 AM

Great job! I’m a big fan of John’s articulated dragons, and know from personal experience that the bloodwood and purpleheart version take 3x to 5x the time to cut and finish compared to the cherry and walnut versions. Always good to see this projected posted and 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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#7 posted 09-08-2015 03:01 AM

Thanks John. It was actually your dragon that I saw on LJ that got me interested in making it myself.

-- Todd

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#8 posted 09-08-2015 04:54 AM

Beautifully done, Todd! Please don’t brag on John, too much. He’ll get a big(ger) head. Heeheehee
Your boys will love these, if you ever let them play with them. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 09-08-2015 05:55 PM

Those are some sweet dragons, great work. John comes up with some really great ideas and plans.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#10 posted 09-10-2015 05:57 PM

Please don t brag on John, too much. He ll get a big(ger) head. Heeheehe

- CFrye

I heard that. :-(

I made a pair of dragons, too, but they’re doing something else.

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

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