Paul Hanson's Bird Base Dragon‘ “At times like this it’s traditional that a hero comes forth,” said the President of the Guild of Assassins. “A dragon slayer. Where is he, that’s what I want to know? Why aren’t our schools turning out young people with the skills society needs?” ‘
Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!


Yes, yes I know it’s another Origami dragon and I’ve featured several on this blog before (see the KNL Dragon, and the Fiery Dragons), but this one is a little different. It’s a very simple one, and one of the designs available in Paul Hanson’s book Origami Ninjas and other Paper Sorcery – which you can win a free copy of! More on that below…


About the Bird Base Dragon

There are countless different types of origami dragon out there – including eastern dragons, western dragons, dragons with four feet, and dragons with two feet. Surprisingly though, there is no such thing as a traditional origami dragon. It doesn’t exist.

I was absolutely amazed by this.  When Paul Hanson told me I was so sure he was wrong I went home and checked my origami book collection. I couldn’t think of one off the top of my head, but I just didn’t believe that there wouldn’t be one. I could find no evidence of an origami design in traditional origami either, and was forced to conclude that Paul was right: there isn’t one. So Paul decided to invent it.

The concept behind Paul Hanson’s Bird Base Dragon is what a traditional origami dragon might look like. With that in mind, he’s created a simple dragon that borrows heavily from traditional designs and techniques.


Folding the Bird Base Dragon

Some of the more observant readers of this page might have guessed by now that this dragon is folded from a traditional Bird Base. In fact, it has the same basic construction as the traditional origami crane. That makes it very simple to fold.

You can fold the Bird Base Dragon in about five or six minutes. Any colour paper will do, although I recommend paper that is coloured the same on both sides otherwise there will be an unsightly coloured line up the middle of both wings. I folded the one above from a 15cm x 15cm (6in x 6in) square of red kami, or origami paper because I quite like origami dragons in red.  The finished model measures 10cm (4in) long and 8cm (3in) high. It took ten minutes to fold.


Where to get Diagrams

The diagrams for folding this model are available in Paul Hanson’s recently published book Origami Ninjas and other Paper Sorcery. This is available from Amazon UK for £16.50 or Amazon US for $21.70. Alternatively, you can win a signed copy of the book Origami Ninjas and other Paper Sorcery, right here and for free!


Book GiveawayPaul Hanson's book Origami Ninjas and other Paper Sorcery

I am giving away one copy of the book, signed by the author to someone chosen at random from people that subscribe to this blog by midnight on 28 September 2016. Click here for more information, and an interview with the author.


If you’ve folded this Bird Base Dragon, or some of the others from the book Origami Ninjas and other Paper Sorcery, please let me know in the comments below, or you can me on Instagram or Twitter.


Thanks for reading, and good luck with the giveaway!