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A skilled Carpenter
Pictured is the Chinese dragon made by Tommy Carpenter that claimed second in the state and fourth in the nation.
Here’s one project that’s a fire-breathing success.Warren County Middle School student Tommy Carpenter has earned second in the state and fourth in the nation for a plastic sculpture he made of a Chinese dragon. The awards were given during two separate Junior Beta Club conventions, both held at Opryland Hotel.“I knew I wanted to do something to enter the sculpting contest, but I couldn’t figure out what,” said Tommy, 13, a rising eighth-grader at WCMS. “Once I finally settled on a dragon, I kept thinking of ways to make it better. That’s when I decided to add a samurai warrior with a sword and I decided to give it antlers because they’re different and unique.”Carpenter sculpted his dragon from InstaMorph, a type of plastic that comes in pellets that can be molded when heated by boiling water or a hair dryer.