Fossil evidence indicates that some dinosaurs may have had
scales similar to modern lizards. The scales may have been
colored to provide camouflage or for display purposes. As
a woodworker, DePaoli particularly enjoys projects which allow
him to take advantage of the wonderful variations in appearance
of the wood that he uses.
covered the model Stegosaurus with scales made of thin
pieces of wood featuring those variations present in nature.
Using several species of wood from western Pennsylvania and
selecting the samples based on grain pattern and natural aberrations
such as bird's-eye, curly grain, and spalting, DePaoli created
scale pattern for the creature.