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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 2786 days ago 2064 views 1 time favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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Karson

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#1 posted 2785 days ago

Very nice Dick. I’m still working on flat lumber, but I can appreciate the time and skill do work in 3-Dimension.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 2785 days ago

Thanks Karson,
This one was harder, because I ownly had two photos to work from. They where each a different scale. It’s not the same as transfering from a pattern, or model.

-- -** 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

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Don

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#3 posted 2785 days ago

You have my respect, Dick. This is a beautiful carving and most worthy of winning an award.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 2785 days ago

Very Nice!!!!!!

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Larry

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#5 posted 2769 days ago

Very nice Dick – that shows true talent -

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 2769 days ago

wow… it takes vision and skill to come up with such a piece of art.
Beautiful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Chip

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#7 posted 2667 days ago

Not to dredge up all of your past work Dick but this is another wonderful piece I had to comment on. Just terrific carving. The contrast of the bird to the rock he’s sitting on is wonderful. Beautifully done. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 2667 days ago

Thanks allot Chip_
I think the use of Willow for this carving was a perfect blend of wood grain for this bird.

I think this bird thread was posted before Debbie, so she’s doesn’t have complete dominance to using Willow on this site. LOL

I’d like to critique myself on this carving. I have to confess, that every time I look at this, I look at the birds beak. the hook in the end broke off while carving it. I’ve intended to repair this flaw, but I never seem to get around to it. If I did this I would be much more satisfied with this carving.

I may have won best in the show if it had a decent looking beak.
They were comparing mine with the winner, for quite some time, before they picked the winner.

-- -** 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

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David

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#9 posted 2663 days ago

Dick -

I am always impressed with your work. Congrats (delayed) on doing so well in a juried show. This is a spectacular carving!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 2663 days ago

Thank you, David,
I appreciate everyone of your comments.

-- -** 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

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Roger Strautman

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#11 posted 2634 days ago

Very nice indeed Dick. I don’t know how I missed this the first time but thanks to the shuffle I did get to finally see it. Keep up the great carving!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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oscorner

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#12 posted 2634 days ago

Great work! I can see why it took first place.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 2634 days ago

Thank you
I think possibly why this carving won the raptor division, is because it was the only unpainted entry. All the rest of the entries were beautifully painted birds, but I think the judges had the same feelings that I have. I’ve always preferred to see the grain of the wood.

I guess I’m a naturalist, if that’s what you want to call it.

-- -** 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

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PanamaJack

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#14 posted 2634 days ago

Grain is best with most all woods! Great piece of woodworking Dick. You amaze us all. Just keep it up.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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mot

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#15 posted 2634 days ago

Wow! I’m glad I got to see this! Thanks, Dick!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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