Snowy Owl - tupelo bird and post, mahogany mount

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 08-09-2011 04:47 PM 1556 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one was a challenge! The tupelo wood was not big enough to do a full size carving so I reduced the pattern to 1/3 life size. I was inspired by a post card that had a winter scene at dusk with just a lamp light coming through the farmhouse window illuminating a Snowy owl on a fence post. The limited light of the night guided me to under paint the white and give more shadow. This piece looks better in a dim light but my wife took these fantastic photos to show the carving details on the patio. It stands about 18 inches high. Painted with many washes of acrylic paint. I hope you enjoy this one.
Kind regards, Roman

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#1 posted 08-09-2011 05:13 PM

Hey Roman, you’d better tie a leather thong on its leg before it flies away! It looks so realistic, I hope you have some field mice to feed it! ! ! ! ! :D

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

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#2 posted 08-09-2011 05:19 PM

Fantastic carving! I agree with LittlePaw… It looks very realistic.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 08-09-2011 05:30 PM

Wow when I saw it I thought it was a real Oopik sitting on something you’d carved! Great job. I love these owls anyway and this is a fantastic representation.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#4 posted 08-09-2011 06:10 PM

This is great!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 08-09-2011 07:34 PM

Phenomenal work! Love it!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 08-10-2011 12:22 AM

What a fabulous piece Roman, absolutely love it, this is a “ten”

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

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#7 posted 08-10-2011 12:52 AM

Beautiful piece! Great paint job! Those feathers are very well done. Good pose, just like an owl to just sit there for hours. Love it…......................

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

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#8 posted 08-10-2011 02:57 PM

Great job!

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#9 posted 08-12-2011 02:29 PM

I was just watching some footage of a Snowy Owl flying in slo-mo yesterday morning. Now see…. this is where you guys get me… I have no idea how you can carve something ‘hard’ and make it come out looking ‘soft’. Hat’s off to you. Same goes with the Downy Woodpecker. So real looking…..

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

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#10 posted 08-12-2011 09:39 PM

Thanks for the compliment.

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#11 posted 10-12-2011 10:09 AM

Without a doubt this is my favorite of your work. Just amazingly beautiful! Nicely done!

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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