swallows #2: swallows revisited

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Blog entry by dennis mitchell posted 08-01-2008 03:35 AM 1376 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Barn swallows come to visit Part 2 of swallows series Part 3: Swallows at the Western design Conference 2008 »

My swallows came to visit this morning, so I thought I could show off a sneak preview of what they inspired. In my last blog I talked about them visiting my shop and me changing my design to honor that occasion. This is a cherry carving painted with acrylics on a purple heart back ground.
This is the drawer face.

This is part of the chair back.

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#1 posted 08-01-2008 03:47 AM

wow…Dennis…you are an amazing artist…just beautiful…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 08-01-2008 04:39 AM

I love ‘em. Back in Topeka I had three lots and had a riding mower. The barn swallows would always cruise around the mower, picking off moths that came up from the lawn. It certainly made the job more fun, and they are such beautiful birds. I can’t wait to see your project post.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 08-01-2008 04:54 AM

They do the same thing to me Douglas. It freaked me out the first time it happened. Then I fell in love with them. I even built them a nesting platform.

Your project is looking great Dennis. I can’t wait to see more. Thanks for the sneak peak.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 08-01-2008 05:36 AM

Very cool Dennis….

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 08-01-2008 05:39 AM

Wow Dennis;

That’s incredible.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 08-01-2008 05:40 AM

They were a lot of fun the see them blying by your hear as you mowed the land.

I nice job Dennis.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#7 posted 08-01-2008 06:29 AM

I love these, I can’t wait to see your finished projects.


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#8 posted 08-01-2008 11:17 AM

You gotta admire skill like that. Those are fantastic and will add to the overall beauty of any project.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 08-01-2008 11:46 AM

amazing Dennis.. amazing.
I, too, can’t wait to see the finished piece of art.

I wondered what seeing the swallow meant from an Animal Totem perspective

  • power of objectivity, community fellowship and communications in a group environment
  • how to think quickly and use the power of thought to manifest ideals
  • aid your instincts to create something from nothing

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 08-01-2008 12:20 PM

Dennis, I have always held the notion that one of the main distinctions between woodworker and nail bender was the ability to select and wield the appropriate tool for the task at hand. But unsaid in that declaration lies the ability to sharpen as one cannot sculpt without sharp tools. You have provided a synopsis of both stated and unstated.

yours in whetting and honing,

the grumpy carp

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#11 posted 08-01-2008 12:56 PM

Thank you Dennis.

Your Swallow carvings bring out the beauty of those beautiful birds.

The first birdhouse I ever made, was occupied by a Swallow family.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 08-01-2008 03:49 PM

Masterful work Dennis. This is your niche for sure. I can’t wait to see it all finished, and how it looks at the Big Show this year.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#13 posted 08-01-2008 03:51 PM

Very cool Dennis!

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#14 posted 08-01-2008 07:13 PM

just beautiful.Dennis.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#15 posted 11-28-2008 06:59 AM

Have not seen these posts before, cool. Love the swallows!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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