Making A Chinese Dragon

For my second sculpture, my wife, K-M, requested a Chinese Dragon. She’s a dragon in Chinese astrology and may be just a little bit obsessed by them.

Making the dragon was a huge learning experience. I made the head first, and this process forced me to refine my design skills and precision.

 

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The body came next, and this is where the real challenge and long hours came into play. It involved cutting a straight auger pipe into many individual sections, polishing them, and then welding them together to make the serpentine curves of the body.

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The legs proved to be a resource challenge. I had a few ideas about what would look good, but couldn’t find pieces of scrap that would do the job. I finally stumbled upon the perfect pieces at a clearing sale.

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I didn’t keep an accurate record, but I estimate there is approximately 500 hours in this piece.

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