|Project by Dick, & Barb Cain||posted 01-04-2007 06:06 PM||2830 views||1 time favorited||33 comments|
This carving is created from White Willow. It has a nice character to the grain, & takes to the chisel nicely. I’d say close to the hardness of Basswood. Our municipal golf course was pruning these trees that bordered the street near our home, so one day I picked up a couple of chunks, treated the ends to prevent checking, stored them away in the corner of my garage.
A couple of years later, while paging through a National Wildlife Magazine in our hospital waiting room, I spotted some pictures of this beautiful bird. It was on the endangered species list. I immediately went to a news stand to get the magazine. I thought the picture would be an ideal model for a carving
About that same time period they were trying to establish a Peregrine Falcon nest on one of the abandoned iron ore mine pit banks. They like to nest in fairly high places.
With my interest up, I decided to carve this bird.
Notice this was carved from a single piece of wood, even the claws. I entered it in a juried woodcarving show at Ironwood, Michigan in 1990. The bird took first place in the Raptor, or birds of prey division.
I have to add, this is the first time I had ever entered a carving competition. The event took place in an hockey arena. Watching the judging from up in the stands was almost as exiting as watching a hockey game
-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1