I have been very apprehensive about doing the actual Hummingbird, I honestly didn’t think I had the skills to be able to make the very tight color transitions in the body of the bird without having massive gaps to contend with. That’s why I started with the easy parts first. But after all is said and done, I think I did ok for a newbie.
The top part of the body is Lace wood or Leopard wood, I thought it would give a good feather effect, but at this point, I’m thinking I should have gone with a different wood. I’m not completely happy with the look it just isn’t what I was hoping it would be. I’m not done with the shaping of the body yet, maybe when I am I will feel better about it. I cant finish shaping the body until I have the wing and tail done. But I am very happy with how the transition between the Lace wood, Aspen and Bloodwood look, that came out much better than I anticipated.
I intend to work on the wing tomorrow, barring any unforeseen interruptions, until the Wenge wood I ordered arrives. I am hoping that it will show up with tomorrows UPS delivery.
Here are some pics, the first one is of the body of the bird cut out with out any shaping.
The next one is of the preliminary shaping of the bird. I sprayed some mineral spirits on it just to see what it would look like in a close to finished condition, it’s a bit shiny in this picture.
And finally the shaped bird in the pattern.
Would love to hear your comments and suggestions, this is only my 3rd intarsia so I could use all the help I can get.
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