Last week I was catching some snakes down by the river and when I got home I decided to carve a grip on my snake hook.
I've done some woodcarving as a hobby before and always find it a pleasant way to spend time. Anyway, once I got to carving away I couldn't quit and ended up with what you see in the pics below. Originally I made this hook out of a piece of Beech which is very tight grained and it was very nice to carve on.
Here's what I ended up with:
Hre's a detail of the grip and the snake I carved into it, before it was finished:
Lower end of hook with spiral carving, copper winding to prevent splitting- after finishing:
Detail of grip and snake I also carved two leaf clusters half way down and a flat to put initials, etc.:
I was looking at pics of carvings done by ancient egyptians and their abilities are absolutely breathtaking. My effort looks paleolithic by comparison......
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