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How To Make Wood Anaconda Snakes from a Tree

Updated on June 5, 2017

Welcome to my tutorial!

How To Make A Wood Anaconda Snake From A Tree
How To Make A Wood Anaconda Snake From A Tree | Source

Sculpting A Tree Into a Snake

The Tree in the Woods
The Tree in the Woods
The tree de-barked and taking shape of a snake.
The tree de-barked and taking shape of a snake.
The wood snake being painter.
The wood snake being painter.
The project is taking shape.
The project is taking shape.
Snake's head with tongue sticking out.
Snake's head with tongue sticking out.
The finished project.
The finished project.
A snake in the yard.
A snake in the yard.

How To

My brother in-law, Al, knows how to make wood Anaconda Snakes from a tree. It is a unique one of a kind lawn ornament. I think it's a great looking feature for yard d├ęcor, and the handmade folk art from trees will catch peoples' eye from the road as they drive by and see a big wood snake figurine.

Anaconda Plan


First you will need to find a tree that you can see the shape of a snake in, and cut the tree down. If it happens to be your tree, then its free. You will need a draw knife to peel the bark off the tree, a bow saw, wood chisels, mallet, and some smaller wood working knives, sandpaper,and maybe some wood putty for shaping the wooden snake sculpture.

The Anaconda will need a coat of primer paint, and then the best colors of paints for your snake. Al painted the masterpiece design using spray paint over a soft yellow base coat.

Al was cutting Aspen trees on their property for firewood and one that he downed was special, it reminded him of a serpent figure with its twists and he decided that his winter woodcraft project would be to turn a tree into a big wood snake carving. Now, they don't have anacondas in their neck of the woods. Well, I guess they do now! Al used a power saw to cut the tree down, branched it and then peeled away the bark with a draw knife.

Yes, he cut a tree down, saw the snake in it, debarked the tree with a draw knife, after cutting it into the 3 sections he wanted and shaped it with a draw knife, wood chisels and a carving knife, then butted up the pieces, glued and sunk long screws that he puttied over.

* He added a twig for the tongue, and some modified craft store eyes. Then, the painting began after studying colored pictures of Anacondas. That is it in a nutshell.

* I will do my best to explain how the snake was crafted. Al looked at pictures of Anaconda snakes and made a sketch of what he wanted. I asked how long it took him and he came up with 40 or 50 hours all told but he did not really pay attention to the time spent and said, "It was on and off , shaping and fitting and you just do not count the time, because it does not matter."

* Initially, Al was going to use a single section of the tree but then decided to cherry pick the best parts using a bow saw to cut out sections for the head and tail with a longer section for the body

* After cutting the 3 sections of tree, he went to work in shaping them with a draw knife, chisels, a band saw, a knife and sandpaper.

* He matched up the ends, applied wood glue and secured the pieces with long wood screws using an electric cordless drill.

* Then, he continued shaping by sanding and applied wood putty over the drill holes and sanded then smooth.

* The mouth was shaped using a bow saw and wood chisels after marking it off with a pencil.

* A power saw cut the tree down, 3 sections were used of 8 feet for the body, about 2 1/2 feet for the head and about 3 feet for the tail section. A person could also just work with the whole tree without cutting the sections up.

* This is folk art, and the artist goes with what feels right to them.

* A sharp draw knife will easily take the bark off a tree with a little manpower.

* Make the snake's tongue with a twig.


Wood Snake
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Paint the Wooden Anaconda Sculpture

All the paint used is for outdoor use. Al looked at several pictures of anacondas to get a general idea of how to paint the snake. He discovered that they vary in color and patterns, so got a general idea in his mind and went to work. He first used exterior latex semi-gloss to paint the snake soft yellow, which would be the belly color.

The next step was to use a brown spray paint over the whole snake, creating shading as he went along.

Then black spray paint was used to make the finishing oval markings of the snake, similar to those on a green anaconda. Detailing around the mouth was accomplished by making V cuts in a piece of cardboard to use as a stencil and completed quickly with black spray paint.

The tongue is just a forked twig that was cut to size and was sprayed red.

After Al carefully studied the colors of Anacondas, he choose his pallet of colors to paint his wooden snake sculpture that he handcrafted from the parts of an Aspen tree. This is a picture of the painting in progress showing the brown paint sprayed over the snake.

There are different species of Anacondas in varying colors. Here is an article about Anacondas with some pictures of these remarkable snakes, FYI.

Wood Snakes Head & Tongue Folk Art

I can imagine it took some searching to find just the right tree twig.


Not just any twig would do for me If I was handcrafting this snake's tongue. Al drilled a hole and slipped the tongue in place.

Of course, red is the best color for the tongue of the wood snake.

Here you can also see the added detail along the bottom of the snake's mouth. Al made a template out of a piece of cardboard and held it to the mouth area while spraying black paint to accomplish the detail quickly.

Al used Wood Filler to fill the holes and uneven wood of the tree.

Once the wood filler is applied to the sculpture, it has to dry, then it can be sanded down smooth with sand-paper.

I have used Dap and Elmer's wood fillers, and they performed well for my needs and held the test of years.

A wood carving of a Anaconda made from a tree is unique folk art, and sure to be a one of kind. Handmade ornaments for the home and garden are special works of art when they are carved on a large scale like Mr. Snake.

How To Make A Wood Anaconda Snake from a Tree Video

Draw Knife on Amazon

Timber Tuff TMB-05DC Curved Draw Shave Tool, 5"
Timber Tuff TMB-05DC Curved Draw Shave Tool, 5"

You Will Need a Draw Knife for Debarking a Tree. There are many different Draw Knives available on Amazon. You might be surprised at what other uses your can find for a Draw Knife. Keep it sharp and practice safety first as always, and you will not regret it.

A sharp draw knife will easily take the bark off a tree with a little man power. I used to watch my brother and dad peel the bark off trees with these.

 

Handmade Yard Ornament

Mr. Anaconda gets lots of attention. People actually stopped by to ask Al about the anaconda in his yard. I am a little bit surprised that the snake never did get stolen being it was first displayed near the end of a long driveway.
Mr. Anaconda gets lots of attention. People actually stopped by to ask Al about the anaconda in his yard. I am a little bit surprised that the snake never did get stolen being it was first displayed near the end of a long driveway. | Source

Soft Yellow Latex Paint

Rust-Oleum 249092 Painter's Touch Multi Purpose Spray Paint, 12-Ounce, Sun Yellow
Rust-Oleum 249092 Painter's Touch Multi Purpose Spray Paint, 12-Ounce, Sun Yellow

I like using latex paints because they dry fast and I can use as many coats as I feel I need for different projects. Clean up is easy because latex is water soluble and paint brushed and rolls clean up nicely with soap and water, and lots of rinsing.

 

"One of the Largest Snakes in the World"

Anacondas are "one of the largest snakes in the world". The green anaconda is the largest species of them all. They are not venomous snakes, thankfully because of their size. None the less, an anaconda can and will some times squeeze the life out of its victims before the eating them, or even swallowing them whole. I have read that anacondas can swallow a goat whole. There are many stories online about anacondas swallowing critters alive, which are not my cup of tea to read.

Not your ordinary yard ornament.  At a glance if I didn't already know, I would have to take a double take to see if this snake was real or not.
Not your ordinary yard ornament. At a glance if I didn't already know, I would have to take a double take to see if this snake was real or not. | Source

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A Large Anaconda In The Wild Would Terrify Me

Words fall short at saying how terrified I would be if I came upon a huge Anaconda anywhere. If I knew before hand it was there and I wanted to see it, that would be different because I surely would keep my distance in the wild.

However, I did see a very large one when I was a child. The snake handler kept the snake draped over his shoulders with it's head and tail in front of him. To be honest, I did not desire to touch it then and wouldn't now.

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    • colorfulone profile image
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      Susie Lehto 17 months ago from Minnesota

      Thank you, ahorseback. I had fin creating a hub about my brother on-law's handy work. - Kudos!

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      ahorseback 17 months ago

      This is so cool , now talk about an awesome hub !......:-}

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I love this wooden snake sculpture, Suzanne. Al could sale some if he wanted to make more but that soes not seem to be in the cards for him at this time. - Thank you for visiting.

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      This is indeed a unique woodworking project to make and I like the photo of the finished product in the yard! I bet your brother in law would be able to sell a lot of these ;)

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Oh, I see what you mean there. Sorry to hear about that problem on the yard. Some neighbor's dogs, huh! @poetryman6969, thank you.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      If it would keep the neighborhood dogs from using my front yard as a toilet, it may be worth it!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I think it's a very cool wooden snake, @Millionaire Tips.

      Good to see you are interested in making one.

      Thank you!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      That is a great idea, Joel, if you can find just the right pieces of driftwood for the project. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      That is a great idea, Joel, if you can find just the right pieces of driftwood for the project. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Shasta Matova 2 years ago from USA

      That is just so cool! I would love to have that in my yard. That is an amazing amount of time it took to make it though, and it is so huge! Maybe I should try to make a much smaller version with a branch.

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      Joel Diffendarfer 2 years ago from Ft Collins, Colorado

      I am a "river rat" and hike along the Susquehanna River a lot picking up driftwood for décor and other projects. Most of what I find is already "de barked" making them perfect for what you have so craftfully shared. Guess what my next project is?? Great job well worth voting up. Thanks!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I wouldn't mind having one of these in my yard.

      Thanks for visiting, LadyFiddler.

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi Colorfulone , I am not a snake lover at all, but this is awesome stuff your brother-in-law is into. Its one of the most beautiful creative art I have ever seen from scratch. I guess it can also keep intruders out of his yard, ha ha ha no one is going in their seeing an anaconda waiting to swallow them. he he he

      Thanks, I am sharing this, voting up etc1

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      It is a funny idea to make a huge wood snake for the yard.

      Thank you Romanian.

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      Nicu 2 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      These snakes are funny, it's a brilliant idea.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Laurel, yeah, that Al really inspired me to get that snake of his online.

      Thank you, and have a great 2015.

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      Laurel Johnson 2 years ago from Washington KS

      I'm not very talented but enjoyed reading about your talented brother-in-law's creativity. Loved the pictures!!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I believe you are right about Al, FlourishAnyway. He and my sister and brother came to visit today, good to see them. - Thanks!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Very creative! I could see my recently retired father doing something like this. Your brother-in-law is an artist at heart.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Let's hope no one is stumbling around in the yard at night.

      Thanks for visiting, peachpurple.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      That wooden snake looks almost like real, if you stumble at night, get a heart attack

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I am impressed with the craftsmanship of the anaconda.

      Thank you for your nice comment, and generosity, pstraubie48.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Peg, thank you for the shares, I really do appreciate your generosity.

      Happy Holidays!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Wow..how impressive is that. It obviously was made with great care....

      Voted up and pinned

      Angesl are on the way ps

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Came back to share this and will give it a tweet and G+ as well. Hope you are enjoying your holidays!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you for checking out the wooden snake, C.V.Rajan.

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      Disillusioned 2 years ago from Kerala, India

      Interesting!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow, nice big pieces of driftwood could work great to carve out a huge snake. Thank you for the creative idea, I like it @Happyboomernurse!

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      Gail Sobotkin 2 years ago from South Carolina

      I love these whimsical pieces of art! We certainly don't have anacondas in Delaware, but we have driftwood that could be converted to large snakes and would add an unexpected delight to the landscape!

      Thanks for sharing this.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      While I am fond of only a few (and a few kinds) of lawn ornaments, I agree, your brother's creations are unique, and I do believe that if I had the right wooded area I would have to follow your tutorial to make one! Also, I enjoyed reading through some of the responses to this hub. People are surprised by this project just by the photos! :)

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Besarien, Al had people stopping by to ask where they could buy a snake just like this one he made. He does not seem to be interested in creating more to sell, but he sure could make some money doing it.

      Thank you!

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      Unlike many I like snakes. I think this anaconda sculpture is brilliant! What a unique craft idea. He should sell these online or on consignment maybe at a craft and folk art gallery. Great hub!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Marlene, thank you for coming by. It would be a little startling to see that big snake without knowing that it isn't real.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Al's snake looks so real I would be afraid to walk onto his lawn for fear of not knowing whether it's a real snake or just one that Al painted. Excellent tutorial.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you, PinoyMom. Nice to get a compliment now and then.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you, Richard. From what I hear, the neighborhood kids love this wooden snake. Have a great day!

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      Richard 2 years ago from Hampshire - England

      I really loved this idea, great idea for kids. Can't wait to make one for my nephew! Liked and voted up

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      Shiela Gerona 2 years ago from Philippines

      Colorfultone I'm afraid of snakes and the ornament you have on those pictures looks real. Great and detailed hub.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Rolly, I do believe you would enjoy the reactions of your neighbors to a large wood Anaconda in your yard. I really hope you make one, if not for any other reason but the enjoyment of wood carving.

      Thank you for visiting my hub. I see that you have many interest book titles on Amazon that I would be interested in reading. - Cheer!

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi colorfulone... what a great idea and excellent hub. I have been a woodcarver for years now and I must try this and see what the reaction would be in the neighbourhood... lol...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Shyron, thank you very much for the vote and shares.

      Much appreciated.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Susie, welcome to HP, I hope you will be happy here.

      I don't like snakes even one that are not real, but it was very interesting to read and I voted it up, UABI and will share.

      Blessings and Hugs.

      Shyron

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Linda, I am inclined to agree with you on that. Thank you for coming by, and I hope you have a great week on and off of HubPages.

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      LindaSmith1 2 years ago from USA

      I couldn't do it, but what a gag gift, unwrapped of course, for someone who does not like snakes.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Mary, good to see your comment. I have been busy, sorry it took so long to reply. Much appreciated.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Your pictures really show the process well. Creating something like this require such fine skills.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      That would be too big of a snake for me if it was real, Maurice. We just have small none venomous snakes here. Good to see you, thank you.

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      Guided Abundance 2 years ago from Mobile, AL

      No Way Susie, We have enough real snakes thank though.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Dolores Monet, one of these wood snakes might attract the neighborhood kids. Aw, but I guess they would get bored soon enough, heehee.

      Thank you!

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      Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      What a great idea! I love this wooden snake! Maybe if I made one it would keep the kids off the lawn, haha.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I do believe Al enjoyed every moment of creating the snake sculpture, and the showing it off for everyone to see, Wednesday-Elf. Thank you for stopping by, Pat, nice to see you.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Al did a very good job creating a rather large Anaconda. It is something people stop by to ask about. One lady recently inquired where she could buy one just like it. Good to see you, takkhisa.

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      Takkhis 2 years ago

      Your brother in-law is a great artist! I don't know if I could do like this alone. Thank you. :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      What a clever 'yard art'. Your brother did a great job creating his wooden Anaconda Snake. It also sounds as though he really enjoyed working on his project. Great pictures!

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      Susie Lehto 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you for coming by to see the wooden snake, all ya'all.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I am looking at this and it seems familiar. LOL That is why I commented a few weeks ago in my other account. Still fun to read.

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      Ann Hinds 3 years ago from So Cal

      Somehow this totally appeals to my SciFi obsession. I don't like snake but what a cool idea and amazing artwork.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a wonderful anaconda sculpture! I love it. It's a great piece of art.

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      Susie Lehto 3 years ago from Minnesota

      I get startled every time I happen to see a snake in the wild. We do not have venomous snakes around here, so it is just an automatic reaction. Thanks for visiting.

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      Tolovaj 3 years ago

      Looks spectacular. If you want to impress the neighbors and visitors, this is definitely a way to go:)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Now that was an interesting title, and then the article lived up to the hype. What a talented guy that brother-in-law is. I wouldn't even attempt it...afraid it would end up looking like a garter snake roadkill. :)

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      Sherry Venegas 3 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Much better to have a wooden anaconda than a real invasive species.

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Amazing work! I am quite scared of snakes, but this is great work.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      This looks a little bit too real. I admire the craft and will look at it on someone else's lawn (smile). This is a great art. Thank you for sharing.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very cool! My yard isn't big enough for this but I'd like to have one just to scare my neighbors. I know, not nice especially since we are having a rattlesnake epidemic at this time.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      What a fascinating idea! This is so creative.

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      Susie Lehto 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you for stopping by, it is much appreciated.

      I just added a poll question for an update.

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      mrducksmrnot 3 years ago

      Great HubPage. Nice work on those snakes.

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      Jim 3 years ago from Kansas

      Now that is one cool and unique project. I mean, how many people could have one of those.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      This is really clever! You could really scare someone with one of these.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      That's an awesome project. I've got a lot of wisteria that has grown quite a bit this summer, and I've been considering cutting it into a shape come fall. Your article has inspired me to start looking at topiary designs to see what I might want to design. Thanks. : )

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      Kay 3 years ago

      This is amazing and beautiful! Wow!

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Amazing! Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Your brother-in-law is very talented and while I might not wish to have a wooden snake in our yard I can really appreciate the time and work that he puts into these creations. Thanks for sharing it with us. Up votes!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      That Anaconda must like it at Hubs cause it is looking great!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is such a creative idea and looks so real. Great pictures and a fine description.

      Well done and Voted up!

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I definitely don't want one in my yard but he's very talented!

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I thought you had a new account but see comments from 13 months ago.

      The anaconda looks so real. Very cool.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This is really creative and realistic looking. What a great idea and your instructions are well done, too. I like the idea of putting one of these in the yard to keep out solicitors.

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      Krissa Klein 3 years ago from California

      I love your sculpture! That's amazing! It'd be an awesome thing to hide in the grass by a front doorstep to scare away salespeople :D

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Wow, what a beautiful finished project! Clever to imagine that to begin with too. I have to go look at the photos again now. So nicely done!

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Whoa -- that is impressive! Nice work

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      We have just cut down so many trees to plant 400 coconut trees. We have burned a good portion of it but I am sure we still have some to make this.

      What a great idea.

      Thanks to Mary615 for sharing it.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      When I was growing up in the country, we had a real problem with rabbits and other wildlife eating our fresh veggies. My daddy made a black snake from a piece of wood, and put it in the garden. It was very realistic! This Anaconda is very artistic, and I'm sure it took a long time to make!

      Voted UP, etc. and shared.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      That is a remarkable job! So cool to have that big snake in your yard!

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      Anthony Altorenna 3 years ago from Connecticut

      The wooden anaconda is amazing! Your brother-in-law is very creative and has a lot of talent!

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      Scott A McCray 3 years ago

      That is amazing and imaginative work! Totally cool!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      This is really impressive! I love this: "This is folk art, and the artist goes with what feels right." That's certainly the beauty of folk art. Al did an amazing job!

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      Patricia 3 years ago

      Wow! Those are cool!

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      Melanie Wilcox 3 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Oh wow! What a great article and great craftsmanship. There is so much interesting symbolism that surrounds snakes too. Thank you for sharing. I'm sure your brother-in-law, Al, is thrilled you have too.

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      Karen 3 years ago from U.S.

      What a fun project! I would get a chuckle out of seeing one of these in someone's yard (or in our yard, if my husband would want to make one). The neighbor girls next door might be scared though...

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      well my goodness! extremely creative and artistic - my moms phobia too!

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      Susie Lehto 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you to all of you for your awesome comments.

      Be well!

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      SAM ELDER 3 years ago from Home

      wow,,, this snakes really rocks..

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      prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful craft. Thanks for sharing and I love the pictures. Take care!

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Susan... love it... portable and be a great one to set on peoples lawns, with a note. "Please pass me along."

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago from Planet Earth

      This would be a great science project! It's also a fun idea for making something to scare, well, someone! Yeah, I know, I'm thinking like a prankster!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What an amazing talent! I've always admired anyone that can turn a piece of wood into a thing of beauty. I'm not a big fan of snakes and actually have a huge fear of them. I can't even stand to look at them on TV, but still can appreciate all of the hard work that must go into these snakes.

      Voting up +++, sharing, pinning and tweeting. Awesome hub!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

      That is beautiful! Absolutely cool.

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      Dale Hyde 4 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      Wow! What a very unique concept! Most interesting! I shall have to share this in a few places. :) Thanks for a hub well done and for the wonderful photos. :)