Nuthatch - stylized, African walnut bird, applewood branch, bocote base

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Project by Roman Hrytsak posted 03-14-2011 12:43 AM 1400 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The nuthatch is one of my favourite songbirds, I needed a Christmas present for my wife and I had pieces of African walnut, bocote and a chunk of my crabapple tree that had to be taken down. Didn’t have a lot of time to get the gift done so this is the result. Free flowing design and easy finish got this piece ready for Christmas. Needless to say it was well received.

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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#1 posted 03-14-2011 01:06 AM

That’s a lovely scupture, and I’m amazed at how you allowed the grain to flow naturally along the head and wing contours!

-- - Cindy, texture freak -

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 02:58 AM

another nice one Roman, that grain almost looks like feathers on the wing

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 03-14-2011 03:20 AM

smoothies are often more difficult to carve then those that are painted as error is harder to hide with the absence of colour. Nice work Roman

Ornithological anatomy….......the beak looks like it belongs on a wren or a warbler but who would notice ?


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 03-14-2011 03:28 AM

Best wishes

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#5 posted 03-14-2011 03:47 PM

Beautiful!! Love these little smoothies…...........

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

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#6 posted 03-15-2011 02:06 PM

Now that is a good-looking boot… I mean, bird. Didn’t know you were into carving the birds. I like the use of the wood grain and the ‘posturing’. Good work!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#7 posted 03-15-2011 04:54 PM

Thanks for the comments.
Spoontaneous, this was my first attempt towards artistic freedom. Doing the piece felt good. My wife and I continue to enjoy it while it’s on display in our living room.
By the way – the piece took a Best of Show ribbon at a carving competition.

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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