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Dragon Bust by rcdog Dragon Bust by rcdog
This dragon is about 7inches tall. Made from sapele, maple, walnut, and blood wood. I lost count on how many pieces are in it because of the scales. The back and front scales were boiled in water and formed to the piece.
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Given 2011-08-18
"The level of detail in this piece is just fantastic." Dragon Bust by ~rcdog ( Suggested by Alondra-chui and Featured by KubusRubus )
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ionselat Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
The attention to detail in this piece is stunning!
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rcdog Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Thank you very much.
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Destro2k Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
how cool :wow:
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KoroshiyaZane Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Did you laser cut the scales or did you do them by hand? Looks like a lot of work! This is beautiful.
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rcdog Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
After I make a design from paper I'll use a laser to make the scales.    
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goodtigerclaw Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
yay! its a skyrim dragon!
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Bonniemarie Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014   Traditional Artist
Amazing! You are very skilled! Love the scales, they remind me of jigsaw pieces
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NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is amazing!
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osmiumdragon Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the detail. Thanks for the watch. *Faved*
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rcdog Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
You should know about detail, the work you do is great. Very well designed in your artwork.
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osmiumdragon Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Unfortunately I can only take credit for the photography and not the carvings. The carvings were all carved by Ernest "Mooney" Warther {now deceased}
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alesthewoodcarver Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
That is pretty neat!
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rcdog Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Thank you very much.
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Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
WOW! that's amazing! it's all made out of wood?!
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rcdog Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Oh yes, all wood. It's finding the color wood I need to get what I want in the dragon. I just wish it didn't take so long to make them.
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Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i can imagine it'd take ages. is there a base-like piece under the scales?
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rcdog Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Yes, there's a basswood base the I use to glue my scales to.
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Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
oh cool
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1DragonLover4Ever Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW... *Instant fave*
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Cybermas Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
would buy it if i could
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nocturnaliss Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice! His scales look like puzzle pieces, love that :)
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rcdog Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Thank you.
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Runawaii Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic! I love the detail and the use of various woods.
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rcdog Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thank you. I'm not that great at painting so I have to use wood.
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Bladerabbit Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow this is awesome. I want it.
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elisedq Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
This is stunning...you captured the snake-like, yet powerful quality of the creature...AMAZING!!
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rcdog Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Thank you, I hope to make a full body dragon when I think I have this type of woodworking figured out. Right now these are tests.
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tree-gypsy Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thats amazing - so much work and skill is evident in this piece
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rcdog Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Thank you, this is a new type of woodworking for me so it is a little of a learning process for me. Also thanks for all the favs.
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tree-gypsy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you're welcome, I really enjoyed looking at your gallery
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paperhorses Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very awesome!
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rcdog Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Making the dragon was a good way to test my patience.
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trid2bnrml Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
now that's one fine work!
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rcdog Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Thank you very much.
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Steambigbear Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Cool.
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rcdog Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Thank you.
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paje-chan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student
I'd love to see this professionally photographed!
This piece inspires me~
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rcdog Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I wish I was better at taking pics, so the grain of the wood showed better. I'm just soooo happy to be done with a project I run outside, take a pic and than sit and rest. (Tooo many scales) By the way thank you for all the favs. It's a nice complement, I've seen your work and love the color in you art.
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paje-chan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student
Oh thank you~!
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Karinta Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Masterful!
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Lizrath Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Interface Designer
You should so sell these!
I love dragons so much <3
But everything i see in shops are just toon looking or very weird ones.
How do you put the pieces to gether and what is the base of the work?
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rcdog Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
I find a pic of a dragon I like and draw the shape on basswood. Cut and round with a rasp file. I cut paper scales out before I make them out of wood. When the scales are the way I want, I'll cut them out of different wood and start to glue. I hope to make a tutorial on my last dragon bust.
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Lizrath Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:'D
Thanks for telling, and tutorial would be awesome to see :heart:
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Nikkoulover Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
skills! :D
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rcdog Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Thank you.
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javpa Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
wooooow.
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rcdog Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Thank you.
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OrangeKrissy Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
This would look good hanging over a victorian fireplace. Now if it were just a larger size. Yes, I can see all the time it took to create this and get everything to sit just right, and hand making every piece. Good job.
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rcdog Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Thank you. I like the idea of making it larger because if this is the detail in a small one, than imagine making one 2"x 2". The problem is that I use end scraps from others projects. Maybe when I get ready to sell these I'll start making them bigger. Thanks again.
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Artivark250 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: Oh my word, this is incredible! How long did it take you to piece it together?
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