One of the larger pieces i have been working on for standard action (Canadian webseries)
Materials: Aluminum and oak
1: cut out with a jewelers saw
2: Used our fordome (AKA an industrial verson of a dremel) to carve out the dragon head
3: angle grinder with a flapper wheel the "blade" edges
4: polished parts and blade with sandpaper
5: riveted ornaments on the wing section
6: made pole holder on a lathe
7: cut out groove for blade in pole holder
8: used industrial brake to insert blade into pole holder.
This piece is held together by pressure, it will actually hold better together against damage better then welds with how it was designed and manufactured. the only rivets i used were on the ornamental pieces which say "cold vengence"