Wild Turkey Feather

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Project by LittlePaw posted 08-01-2011 08:50 PM 3004 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The temperature here in Oklahoma has stayed over 100 for the past two weeks. Toady is expected to go as high as 110 and the rest of the week doesn’t look any better. And since my shop (two car garage) is uninsulated, I had to move indoors and find something to make in the cool. So here’s my new adventure into wood burning. . . . hope it meets with your approval. I made it out of scrap 1/4” ash plywood. . . by the way it doesn’t burn evenly: the dark areas won’t burn hardly at all, but the light areas, wow, gotta move fast!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#1 posted 08-01-2011 09:10 PM

Wow! Excellent. When I first saw the photo, I didn’t realize it was a burning.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 08-01-2011 09:16 PM

Me Too!

I thought you had taken a picture of a feather and wondered why were you showing a picture.

Great job!

-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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#3 posted 08-01-2011 09:18 PM

Very nice work. Can you post a photo of a real feather for comparison?

Those are some fine lines there, good one.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#4 posted 08-01-2011 09:21 PM

I am with Charlie, as first glass I thought it was a feather sitting on a board. Great Job.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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Tim Kindrick

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#5 posted 08-01-2011 09:25 PM

ditto what Charlie said!!! Fantastic work!!!! I tried wood burning once and it isn’t easy!!!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#6 posted 08-01-2011 09:47 PM

Great burning. I also thought it was a feather. Just goes to show you that it is so hot the turkeys are shedding their clothes. We are 30 days over a hundred in SW OK,

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#7 posted 08-01-2011 10:10 PM

I am blown away by all your great comments! Thanx, guys. It means a lot to me especially coming from all of you who I KNOW are much better than I.
The model I used to make the feather burning came from Al Chapman’s “Learning the Art of Pyrography” Acknowledgments page. I tried wood burning on my own and the results were miserable, until I read and followed Al’s book. Now I am enjoying doing the exercises and getting much better results. Here is another one and a half of my exercises.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#8 posted 08-02-2011 03:04 AM

Wow! You’re a pyrography wizard! I need you to come over and burn some of my chairs.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 08-02-2011 05:19 AM


The detail is incredible—especially for woodburning on plywood! It looks like you have pyrography mastered!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 08-02-2011 11:13 AM

great job :-) you fooled me as well :-O

take care

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#11 posted 08-02-2011 12:10 PM

And i’m fooled too, but in a nice way :) very clever feather paw!

-- -Thomas -

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 08-02-2011 04:20 PM

I’m with everyone else! When I saw the first picture, I too thought it was of a real feather. I started reading and thought that in all the heat you found a turkey feather that fell off a bird of something. ;)

Your work is really wonderful. It is great to have something so artistic as a back up. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Roman Hrytsak

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#13 posted 08-07-2011 06:44 PM

Well done. The burn worked well on the plywood which means one can do some fancy decorating on wood items made out of the material.
I have taught several pyrography courses and my students enjoyed them especially when we added a dash of colour to the shaded areas. You can get the pyrography related pencils crayons at a craft and Art supply store.

-- Roman:... FIGHT HUNGER ----- DON'T EAT!

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#14 posted 08-13-2011 07:19 PM

Looks real!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 08-17-2011 05:28 AM


-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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