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Project by Handi75 posted 11-24-2008 03:21 AM 4115 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a Project that I JUST Completed, I decided to give myself a Try on the Scroll Saw to see if I still had it, and if my Hand was hurting too bad to do a little work.

Here is the end result.

Tech Specs:

Materials: 1/4” Baltic Birch Plywood
Time: 3 1/2 Hrs
Difficulty: Advanced
Blades: FD-TC #1

Here is also a Description and information about the Kingfisher bird incause someone would like a Small Education on these Species of birds.

Enjoy and thanks for coming to look at my Projects, I really Adore Birds, I love all animals, but birds are my Favorite Passion.

Handi

A common waterside resident throughout North America, the Belted Kingfisher is often seen hovering before it plunges headfirst into water to catch a fish. It frequently announces its presence by its loud rattling cry.

Description

  • Medium-sized bird.
  • Large head and shaggy crest.
  • Large, thick bill.
  • Bluish head and back.
  • White throat and collar.
  • White underneath with blue breast band.
  • Size: 28-35 cm (11-14 in)
  • Wingspan: 48-58 cm (19-23 in)
  • Weight: 140-170 g (4.94-6.0 ounces)

Sex Differences

Female with red chest band and flanks, male without.

Sound

Call a loud, harsh rattle.

Conservation Status

Populations may be decreasing in many areas.
Other Names

Martin-pêcheur d’Amérique (French)
Martín Pescador Norteño, Martín Pescador Migratorio, Martín Pescador Pasajero (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • The breeding distribution of the Belted Kingfisher is limited in some areas by the availability of suitable nesting sites. Human activity, such as road building and digging gravel pits, has created banks where kingfishers can nest and allowed the expansion of the breeding range.
  • The Belted Kingfisher is one of the few bird species in which the female is more brightly colored than the male. Among the 93 species of kingfishers, the sexes often look alike. In some species the male is more colorful, and in others the female is.
  • During breeding season the Belted Kingfisher pair defends a territory against other kingfishers. A territory along a stream includes just the streambed and the vegetation along it, and averages 1 km (0.6 mi) long.The nest burrow is usually in a dirt bank near water. The tunnel slopes upward from the entrance, perhaps to keep water from entering the nest. Tunnel length ranges from 30 to 250 cm (1 to 8 ft).

Information was Provided by http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Belted_Kingfisher.html

-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner, http://www.facebook.com/HandisWorkshop, http://www.facebook.com/HandisCreations, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations





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Rustic

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#1 posted 11-24-2008 04:32 AM

Wow!! that is wonderful.

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 11-24-2008 04:37 AM

That is nice, it looks like you still have it, I hope there was no pain. I too, enjoy bird watching, my previous home was on a bluff over looking a river where the King Fisher would nest and feed.
Thanks Ron

-- Ron Central, CA

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#3 posted 11-24-2008 05:48 AM

Thanks to the both of you for your Pleasant comments.

Rah, no there wasn’t any Pain, I wasn’t using the palm of my Hand as I expected I would have.

Just my Fingertips, so it worked out better then I thought it would be. So I’m impressed with the outcome.

I’m still in a Dilemma thou of weather to include it on my etsy store for Sale or to keep it for myself lol

Handi

-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner, http://www.facebook.com/HandisWorkshop, http://www.facebook.com/HandisCreations, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#4 posted 11-24-2008 10:21 PM

Really nice work, Jim! You’re a lot more ambitious than I am. 3 hours? Wow! I’m not going to try racing you either. Just wondering, do you do these with the one thin sheet of birch plywood alone, no backer board of any kind? I’ve always used one (or more) to give the project more thickness and rigidity, to give me extras in case there are unseen voids, and because I get to keep the “lousy” one-sided one that takes all the break out abuse on the bottom!
Anyways, I wanted to thank you for you kind words for my “Signs” posting, it means a lot. I’ve got more of them up on flickr under MC”58 if you’d like too take a look. Sorry I havent figured out yet how to post that link. I noticed your Christmas Ornaments with interest as well. I’ve got a few of them that I did the last few years and plan on putting them up here, as soon as it comes time to yank Christmas out of the closet where it’s stored lol. Again, you have some great work goin’ on, keep it up! Michael C.

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 11-25-2008 10:54 PM

Michael,

Well most of my Work, I leave natural. Most of the portraits are meant for the wall, so I figured that I would just leave them natural without a backer on them, just because the natural wallpaper or paint should be allowed to shine threw the cuts to give it a unique Background.

If you know what I mean, it’s like the Piece is meant to be on the wall, that way it blends in well with the surrounding, some pictures that people use, they put a certain background or backer on it, and it don’t fit with their settings. So why not use your Surroundings and let it shine threw the pieces that are cut out to blend in.

Granted I know what you mean, by all the cuts and splinters are noticed on the back, but no one looks on the back, my ornaments, well Most are natural, but I use new blades and Special Blades for Plywood and I don’t get the splinters and all, and for some of them, I’ve decided to use Glitter to give it more glamor for people that like glittered projects.

May i recommend another site? Try www.photobucket.com, This site will provide you with links to your projects with just a click of a button, then you paste it into your post and it will show up. Give it a shot and see if you like it, that’s what I use on Woodwhisperer when I post, I upload all of my projects to photobucket then I just link it from there.

Works very well, It shows a Thumbnail, then when you click on it, it shows you a Bigger size of the project.

Handi

-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner, http://www.facebook.com/HandisWorkshop, http://www.facebook.com/HandisCreations, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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