Tuesday, July 20, 2010

New leather dragon "Snarval"

As promised...here are some photos of Snarval completed.
First Snarval's head:

Thanks to facebook friends who let me know the "wood" is
Cholla cactus...from Arizona not North Dakota!..and yes,
there is a glass eye in there! Spokes are wet-formed rawhide
as as with my previous 10 foot dragon.

A peak at his back foot with appropriately festive beaded
leg band.

Crawling up our staircase..on the outside.

And finally a couple of Snarval's entire self
from front and back!

The lighting in our front hall is not very good, so Snarval
requested a trip outside to check things out and show
off his splendor. (I'm not really sure about whether Snarval
is a he or she yet..still listening.)

Snarval's belly textiles show off much better in good light:

Then on to checking out our tomatoes.(we've given
up on the orderly front garden thing, and settled
for vegetables instead.)

Snarval thought they needed water and weeding!
(We took care of both before I set off for Ann Arbor.)
Finally,reluctantly Snarval climbed back into the house
to be packed up to take the ride to Ann Arbor.

I will encourage folks at the Art Fair to help
me figure out Snarval's story ...I'm not sure
whether the dragon is a cloud or water dragon
or some other species. It's fun to engage folks in
developing a legend at a show, especially children.

I'll be sure to take photos of Snarval in Ann Arbor
and share what stories emerge. And , of course,
I'll share news of some of my favorite artists there.

Please, if any of you live near Ann Arbor - come on over
to see Snarval in person. My booth is no. A306 - in the
"Original" Art Fair. Show is Wed. - Sat. July 21-24.
Info at: www.artfair.org Four fantastic days with four
fairs running simultaneously with extraordinary artists!
Just one request: Any of you who have it in with the rain
and wind gods...please tell them to be gentle this week!

Journey on! Wendy


  1. i love Snarval!! and i'm not sure if dragons need to be male or female, but the ankle accessory may be a clue, if indeed there is a choice to be made! Linda E

  2. Fantastic dragon. I don't tend to like dragons and masks but must say that you do them so well that I almost like them...at least the ones you make so artfully.

  3. OH! I love Snarval! What a beautiful and fantastic dragon! Thanks so much for sharing. I'll be interested to hear the legend of Snarval sometime in the future. I will show this blog to my dragon-loving girls to see if they have any insight to share about Snarval. :)

  4. Beautiful! Snarval is giving your under-the-staircase dragon a run for his money.