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Dragon themed house trim (detail) by nightserpent Dragon themed house trim (detail) by nightserpent
Clear white cedar, two lengths 10" wide and 14' long each.  These will be affixed under a roof edge as fascia boards.  The knot-work design is of
Viking design, it is a Borre-style (circa 850-950 AD) 'ring chain', the head and tail are my own creation.  I'd never worked with cedar before, and I can say without hesitation that this is some of the best smelling art I've ever made. :lol:

complete view here: fav.me/dagp3ux
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SkyfireDragon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017   Artisan Crafter
Very nice!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017
Thanks for the kind comment! :)
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SkyfireDragon Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017   Artisan Crafter
:TipOfTheHat: 
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CEZacherl Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work man, your craftsmanship has *no* boundaries.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016
Wow, thanks for the very kind (but wildly inaccurate) compliment! :lol:  I am very curious about how things are made (especially the old world variety) and I find a lot of these skills compliment or lead easily to other ones... and the vicious cycle of curiosity continues.  My current "dream scheme" is to cut my own wood, dry it myself and then turn it into carvings- all with just hand tools, if possible.  I think I am having adverse feelings about the over virtualization/digitization of everyday life and this is some sort of attempt to balance things.
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CEZacherl Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely agreed. I saw an app the other day that turns photographs into "photo-realistic inkwork". It doesn't have the detail of what I do, but the implications are a little sickening.
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Forestkeeper100 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
Very nice design. I just started recently working in wood. Which wood do you find the best to carve. Do you mind if I post your photo on my Tumblr. site. I will state where the photo came from and your name?
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
Thanks, Ken! :)  I haven't been carving very long so my experience with different woods are a bit limited.  I am liking butternut, it has a really beautiful grain and cuts easily, though it may be a little bit too soft to hold the level of detail I'd like to be doing.  I would say the same for cedar, which cuts very nicely but is probably best for larger projects with less detail. The grain isn't as interesting as butternut but it sure does smell nice.  I really liked working on a piece of cherry and a little bit of black walnut, but it is a lot harder on the hands and forearms.

Sure, you can put it on your tumbler if you credit me.  Thanks for asking- so few think to do this but I think it is a nice gesture.

Love your Viking boxt! :)
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Forestkeeper100 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
Paul, Thanks for answering back. Yes I hear that bass wood is great for carving. I am going to attempt a Viking dragon design as soon as I get a piece of basswood. I will use my skillsaw to cut it out. What type of saw did you use on the dragon head? P.S. Thanks for letting me post your photo on Tumblr. I have large a following of Viking, Celtic and Nature type people so hopefully they will all visit your site here on deviant art and check out your creations.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016
I'm happy to share what little I know with a fellow carver! :)  Basswood is very popular with carvers, it is soft and cuts nicely.  Because it is soft it is also a bit delicate, so I would only use it in certain applications.  Search for "Grinling Gibbons' and you'll see what kind of amazing things can be made from Basswood, there's a 4-part documentary on Youtube about him.   Basswood doesn't have much a grain, visually speaking, so it often seems to get painted.

To cut out the dragon head I used a simple coping saw.  Because of the shape I couldn't get everywhere I wished to cut (I wished I had a deep neck coping saw at that moment), I sort of whittled the rest away with knives.  For straight cuts I am really coming to like the Japanese pull-saws (the cut is made with the pulling action, unlike the push of western saws), they cut beautifully and are easy to control.  They are a bit delicate, however.

Thanks for sharing my art with fellow Viking enthusiasts!! :)
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Brilliant work there my friend!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016
kind of you to say, thank you :)
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I have also really loved Lovecraft and Cthulu
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saturnword Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
love the staining
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016
Thank you! :)  It was a bit of an experiment.  As it is going on the exterior of a building in a forest I wanted the carving to fit in well with it's surroundings, so I attempted some 'advanced weathering'.  It's a little bit greener than I intended, but I think once the wood weathers a bit it will look more natural. 

Thanks for all of the favorites, by the way!
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saturnword Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I agree and no problem! I really enjoy woodcarving and aspire to try it some day.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016
the sooner you start carving the sooner you can be enjoying it! ;)
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saturnword Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
started a small piece already :)
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Congrats!  I am no expert by far, but let me know if I can help with basic info, etc.  It is a lot to absorb all at once, especially learning to properly sharpen your tools and learning how to read the grain direction.
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saturnword Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
The grain direction is the hardest for me. I will note you my progress on something that doesn't look like Cthulhu in death throes.
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016
A carving of Cthulhu in death throes sounds rather intriguing!

I still have some issues with reading grain, I feel like my development has mostly come though by just getting an intuitive feel for it rather than trying to analyze it too much.  I'll often make a tiny test cut to see which direction the wood likes the most.   Also be aware that the arc of the growth rings makes for a very inconsistent surface, and the optimum cutting directions change as you make your way around the rings.   With my cherry portrait the wood wanted to be cut in one direction on the left side of the face and I needed to cut in the opposite direction on the right side of the face.  Your choice of wood is going to make a big difference, I first started out with a chunk of 4x4" (the kind you'd build a structure with) because I thought it would be  a waste to learn on 'good' wood.  That didn't go so well! :lol:  I'd advise you work on something with straight clear grain, as anything with wavy or curvy grain is going to make your challenges even more daunting.  Bass is a popular choice. 
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Chobek Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow.... Beautiful.... I can't imagine the work that went into them! :)
Cedar does smell very nice... And I believe it will keep the moths away :) 
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016
Thanks!  It was a bit overwhelming at first. so I just tried to focus on each shape and not think too much about the end goal... perhaps not so unlike you highly detailed drawings.  Cedar has a lot of wonderful properties, most notably it is weatherproof (water and rot, bugs), which is perfect for an exterior carving.  The boards will start to turn grey over time, but one length will get several hours of sun each day and the other will never see the sun- so they will age at different rates.
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def-j Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Student Artisan Crafter
this looks nice well done ^^ 
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016
Thank you! :)
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def-j Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Student Artisan Crafter
your welcome 
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fataFivena Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016   General Artist
So beautiful calm flowing lines)
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016
Thank you! :)  It's rather challenging to make graceful lines while also exerting enough force to slice the wood.
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scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016
It looks even better close up, and you've definitely captured that Viking aura. Too bad you can't post aromas. :) (Smile) 
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016
The location is a cabin in the forest, which goes very well with the theme.  I imagine once the 3d hologram technology is ironed out that Smell-o-Vision™ will closely follow. Beware, though, not all art is so well scented!  Take my Lovecraft paintings, for example, you'd not want a whiff of one of those beasts! :lol:
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