|Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN||posted 08-20-2011 11:15 PM||4276 views||4 times favorited||10 comments|
I carved these from some scrap wood I had lying around in my shop. Using some modified Gene Larson patterns for song birds, these pieces will be used as demos for my Introduction to Power Carving for Beginners at our local Lee Valley Tools store. It’s a 3 hour evening course and we should be able to come out of the class with a bird or two.
They are easy to do and it will be an evening of rounding out a bird blank. No fancy stuff, just plain styled birds. In picture 3 you will see a special tool I made for making the eyes. It is a very expensive???? tool made with a finishing nail inserted into a piece of dowel. I use a small hand blow torch, get the nail red hot and burn in the eyes. an easy task if you are teaching your grandkids to make something neat! The hollow in the head of the nail makes a nicely rounded eyeball. It’s easier than inserting a glass eye. Top the finished birds with a bit of spray varnish and give a glaze to the eyes with a spot of clear nail polish. The kids love this project.
These are also easily carved with a knife.
Enjoy and have fun with the kids!
-- Roman:... These Boots Were Made For 'Talkin'!