In June 2013 I took a class from Ann High at IGMA Guild School in Castine, Maine, in which we carved a dragon chest. Ann does truly amazing carving and is an excellent teacher, getting the best from her students–even the newbies.
The finished chest is about 5 inches long and a little over an inch high. This is the almost finished chest–all that remains is to add the final finishes over the stain.
The beautiful period-appropriate carving tools are made by David Brookshaw, who makes museum-quality reproductions of full-sized antique tools, as well as 1/12 scale miniature tools.
Being incapable of leaving anything in 1/12 scale alone, I tried to make one in 1/48 scale. The results were not stellar.
My carving skills were simply not up to the task–and the intricacy of the pattern–even with simplifications–was difficult to reproduce in wood, as small as it needed to be. So, what to do? Perhaps there is another way….