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John Novak
03-08-2009, 11:53 AM
Bird carving is very enjoyable. You can stop carving at almost any point - a smooth carving with only a little detail on the wing or you can carve every feather and barb in the feathers. Here are some chickadees and a gold finch.

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Terry Beadle
03-08-2009, 1:01 PM
Beautiful. Really great work. Makes one's heart joyful.

Thanks for posting!

randall rosenthal
03-08-2009, 6:07 PM
very nice work!!!....what do you use for color?

Phillip Bogle
03-08-2009, 7:45 PM
I wish I could do that! I am still fumble butting along doing wood spirits in walking sticks.

Lovely work. Did you use power or ????

John Timberlake
03-08-2009, 7:55 PM
Great work. I don't have the patience to do something like that. Looking forward to seeing more.

Zahid Naqvi
03-09-2009, 10:02 AM
Wow! great work John. I think one needs both skills for carving birds: carving as well as painting. I'd be interested to see one of your birds before it gets painted.

Dewey Torres
03-09-2009, 6:24 PM
Gallery bound for sure!

Jamie Cowan
03-09-2009, 8:33 PM
Those are oustanding birds. I really admire your skill.

Belinda Williamson
03-10-2009, 9:30 AM
Lovely work. You are very talented! Thanks for sharing.

John Novak
03-13-2009, 8:06 AM
Thanks for the nice comments.

I use Jo Sonja acrylic paints very well diluted - almost to a wash - and then several coats to build up the color density.

I will use a Foredom grinder with Typhoon burs to rough out the body. The knives and gouges. Some of the final detail is done with the Foredom and diamond or ruby carvers.

This is a pair of ducks that have a natural Watco oil finish.


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Bill Bolen
03-13-2009, 11:56 AM
Gorgeous work! I can almost feel the guy in flight getting ready to land in the palm of my hand. These really let my imagination bring them to life...Bill..