Carving my sign

May 31, 2008
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Step one-


I outlined the letters using a small chip carving knife.

Step two-


I defined the frame using the same chip carving knife

Step three-


I removed the excess wood then smoothed the background using progressively shallower gouges.  After sanding I will stain the wood then finish with Tung oil.


Dragon Styx

May 25, 2008

The first picture is of the entire ‘staff’. I put staff in single quotes since this piece is far too big to be used as a hiking staff. It will be a display piece only. It is about six feet tall and weighs 14 pounds. It was harvested in Kentucky and is an oak sapling that grew with a vine wrapped around it. I have debarked the portions between the twists. I plan to carve it into mother and daughter dragons chasing down the staff.

Looking at the first picture you can see the top two thirds of the staff contains what will be the mother dragon and the bottom third will be the daughter dragon.


May 25, 2008

This nice piece of Bismuth could end up in the tertiary branch position.


May 25, 2008

This hunk of Silicon is also a candidate for the secondary branch position.


May 25, 2008

Both of these pieces of Pyrite are candidates for the secondary branch position (the short branch below and to the left of the primary branch).



May 25, 2008

I’m 99% sure this is a meteorite.  It is heavy for its size, attracts magnets, and looks like other meteorites I’ve seen.  It is the third candidate for the primary (tallest) branch on the Wizard Styx 2.0.

Amythest Crystal

May 25, 2008

This large Amythest crystal is also a candidate for the primary (tallest) branch of the Wizard Styx 2.0