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    Every year for Christmas, like a lot of us, I carve something for my grandchildren.... 2 girls (6 & 7) and 1 boy (5). This year I chose to do projects found in Shawn Cipa's Carving Fantasy & Legend Figures in Wood. Each carving was done from one piece of wood, except for the unicorn's horn. I only had 2" thick stock on hand, so I reduced the original patterns. This made the carvings around 6" tall/long. I also changed the pattern of the dragon so that the tail would touch the hind legs and itself at the bends. This was an attempt to make it stronger while in the little-one's hands. I enjoyed these projects from Shawn's book, and will most likely give some of the other projects a try. Nice book and would recommend it if you're looking for something along these lines. It's available through Fox Chapel Publishing:

    https://foxchapelpublishing.com/carv...d-edition.html

    ....Dave
    Old carvers never die... they just whittle away.
    www.shellknobwoodcarvers.weebly.com

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    Very nice carvings and "creatures." Haven't done or had much interest in fantasy pieces...yet, although always looking at new things to try.
    Bill
    Living among knives and fire.

    http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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    • #3
      Those are really cool!
      Herb

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      • #4
        Great carvings, Dave!

        Claude
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        • #5
          Dave, you did see these fellows after a night on the town? No matter, you did a great job on them
          . . .JoeB

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          • #6
            Very nice, love the horses.
            ~ Dwight
            "Hello, I am the Friggin' Happiness Fairy and I just sprinkled happy dust on you, so smile damit' this crap is expensive."

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            • #7
              Well done, Dave! I'm not much on fantasy creatures, but I have that book and plan on carving several of the projects. I've been thinking of combining features of the two dragon-like carvings.

              I think Shawn Cipa has the best books available for carving plans and instruction.
              Arthur

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              • #8
                Great work Dave! Those are gifts they no doubt cherish for many years.
                Randy

                WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!

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                • #9
                  Nicely done! Thanks for sharing

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                  • #10
                    Good looking creatures.
                    Joe

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