Looks like my dragon wants to eat my daffodils... ("More yellow for my eyeballs!")

This wonderful creature was recently a stump.

Which was shortly before that a big old tree.

But we had a wind storm last summer.  I remember before going to bed looking out and noting that the great trunk was moving slightly.  What if it came down, I thought.  But then:  It's been there for a helluva long time.  Will be there when I'm ashes.

In the morning when I looked out my kitchen window over coffee it took a moment to realize that the tree was at a funny angle - leaning more than usual.  Had gone over.  Leaning against the cat cage and the neighbor's cedar hedge.

Got a guy to cut it down.

He got right down to the last bit and then broke his chain on a nail and left.

Stump was there for a while.  People suggested I make a table for a potted plant or chair of it.  Or...a chainsaw sculpture. Chainsaw sculptures are an important part of local culture.  They're all over town, on the street, in front of businesses, in people's yards.  Every summer there's a contest and the sound of chainsaws and the smell of sawdust (mingled with the aroma from the simultaneous salmon BBQ contest) fill the air.

The finished sculptures are quite expensive, so I didn't figure I could afford the transformation of my stump.  But the husband of a friend's friend works with a chainsaw sculptor who was recommended.  I thought what the heck, can't hurt to ask...and his price turned out to be entirely affordable.

I didn't have anything in mind...maybe, given the angle, a leaping salmon.  (Salmon are favorite subjects.  Along with eagles and bears. And owls.)  Then suddenly - INSPIRATION.  A dragon!  With some of the other rounds to become body segments protruding from the ground at intervals, like Ogopogo, only in the ground.  (The carver has been away tending to something, but has two body segments nearly done.  Maybe one more segment...and an arrow-tipped tail to come.)

Um.  The angle and shape may put you in mind of something else.  Herewith an exchange on Facebook between my daughter and me:  

Her:  Um, looks kinda phallic.

Me:  Yeah, the thought crossed my mind.

Her:  Owell, dragons are probably phallic anyway.

Me:  Yeah, the thought crossed my mind.

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I'll do another post with photos when it's finally done.  Meanwhile - the head:

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Comment by koshersalaami on February 28, 2016 at 10:58pm
So cool
Comment by JMac1949 Today on February 28, 2016 at 10:59pm

Very, very, very cooooolll!!  R&L ;-D

Comment by Zanelle on February 28, 2016 at 11:00pm

I love the grain of the wood and the yellow eyes.  I think your daffodils are safe but keep an eye out. 

Comment by Myriad on February 28, 2016 at 11:02pm

Zanelle, I could TAKE an eye out ... to be safe.

Hi Kosh and JMac - and indeed.

Comment by nerd cred on February 29, 2016 at 1:54am

I can't wait to see him weather all silvery gray.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on February 29, 2016 at 6:09am

I love how process and product are given equal measure here. 

Comment by alsoknownas on February 29, 2016 at 7:05am

That's a lot of work !

Comment by Myriad on February 29, 2016 at 8:14am

Nerd - Advice from several knowledgable quarters is waterproof finish.  (Which will keep the grain visible too.) (Carver said it could be painted in nice bright dragon colors, but most people are against painting.)

Hi Terry, Jonathan.

Joisey - I sort of stuck my nose up about chainsaw sculpture when I first got here, but I'm getting acclimatized I guess. (Also losing my terror of chainsaws...)

AKA - Yeah....but it took him less than an hour to rough out the face and a couple of hours, in one day, to finish up the head, including sanding.  A little touch-up the next day and then an hour or so on a body segment.  These guys work fast.  Which is amazing, considering that dragons aren't part of the regular repertoire. He enjoyed it for being a new subject...

Comment by tr ig on February 29, 2016 at 8:22am

VFC

[very fucking cool]

Comment by Arthur James on February 29, 2016 at 8:25am

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