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Downy Woodpecker - tupelo bird on birch wood mount, African walnut base

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Project by Roman Hrytsak posted 08-11-2011 12:21 AM 1371 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If there is a favourite bird to carve it would be a Downy Woodpecker. The challenge here is to capture the softness of the white feathers seen in his mantle and around his bill. My birch mount came from one of my trees that had early in it’s life succumbed to the vagaries of nature and I couldn’t throw it unto the burn pile. So the mount is real birch.
The base is a piece of wood I got from my supplier and I liked it for the grain. He said it was African Walnut and that’s what I’m reporting here. I didn’t have a large enough hole saw so I cut into the base with my bandsaw and left a bit of a cleft which seems to work well.

I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I enjoyed carving it.

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





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WayneC

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#1 posted 08-11-2011 12:37 AM

Absoutely wonderful Roman. I love the bird.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Tim Kindrick

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#2 posted 08-11-2011 12:39 AM

Wow, that is SOOO realistic!!! Great job!!! At first, I was wondering why someone was posting pictures of birds on a woodworking site but this is awesome!!!!!

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

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LittlePaw

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#3 posted 08-11-2011 12:50 AM

That is one beautifully done bird, Roman. As for my two cents, I think i’d like it better with an unfinished (natural edged) base. The base kind’a compete with the main theme – the bird! . . . just my opinion. :-}

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 08-11-2011 01:03 AM

Wow…...........That looks like a live woodpecker!!!!!!!!!I thought he was sitting on a birch project you made.
you are VERY good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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peteg

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#5 posted 08-11-2011 02:06 AM

Another fabulous job Roman, displayed as a package with the mounting. you are realy showing us another side to your carving talent with these last two pieces, thanks for sharing, :))

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

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jeepturner

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#6 posted 08-11-2011 02:15 AM

MY first thought was to say something witty, (to me at least) asking how you get those birds to pose on your sculptures.
My second thought is that you do some amazing things with your carvings. I like all of your bird carvings but this is my favorite so far.

-- Mel,

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Mcnervy

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#7 posted 08-11-2011 02:46 AM

that is increadible
It caught my eye because I was irritaited that someone was posting picture of animals, not woodworking
Even after I realized it was a carving I kept checking
Just beautiful

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem

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#8 posted 08-11-2011 03:21 AM

Thats Nice. Getting better all the time.

Ward World Carving Championships………..might be ribbon material.

Cheers

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

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Roman Hrytsak

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#9 posted 08-11-2011 03:38 AM

I am overwhelmed with you comments. Thank you.

I tend to agree with you LittlePaw. When I put the piece together I thought it was alright. But I concede to your point. My composition went a bit awry. A solid dark colour would have been better. RH

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

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Roman Hrytsak

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#10 posted 08-11-2011 03:52 AM

Pete, I had reached a stagnation in my creativity with the birds so I took a side track with other types of carvings. This has allowed me to grow and now I want to return to the birds and decoys with new vigor! I am looking at my work now more as a wood sculptor than as a bird carver, if that makes any sense. Thanks for your friendship. RH

The Ward Worlds would be an Everest to me but thanks for the compliment, Moron. Much appreciated.

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

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#11 posted 08-11-2011 04:50 AM

So life like maybe one day will be that good

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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mtnwild

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#12 posted 08-11-2011 05:21 AM

Fantastic! Lovin’ this one. Beautiful!!

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

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beginner1

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#13 posted 08-11-2011 05:59 AM

Wow ,unbelieveable. You are a talent to behold. thank you for sharing.

-- Gerald, Illinois

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Moron

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#14 posted 08-11-2011 06:06 AM

Never say never to Everest. I’ve watched your progress and your learning curve is short.

Your carvings are prolific which shows me discipline and I think the world lacks that, yr carvings, they bounce around a bit and I like that too, good to get out of the box so to speak.

Hope to see you there, on the peak, we can share some O2 : ), maybe a sip of the good stuff.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 08-11-2011 03:18 PM

Roman, you are very, very good. This time you have outdone yourself with a show stopper!!!!

Thanks for sharing.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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