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Project by LittlePaw posted 1089 days ago 1490 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I posted my Feather Box (project #44005) I received many wonderful comments both posted and PM encouraging me to carve a whole Bald Eagle. Well, I’ve been working on that between set-backs, health issues and my wife’s major surgery – yah, excuses, excuses! At least I got a little progress to report.
To find out if I have what it takes to carve a whole eagle, I started with the claws, since I had a little experience in that area, sort of like starting from the bottom up? So here it is. It was intended to depict two eagles in mid air combat about to lock their claws. I was thinking of one claw higher than the other, but somehow, they turned out about the same height. So rather than calling it Claws in Combat, I thought “Birds of Pray” might be more apropos . . . a little play on words. It looked more like the “praying hands” than fighting claws, don’t you think?
Hope you like it.

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





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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 1089 days ago

It’s just awesome! Beautiful work and shaping! Definitely continue on (when your timetable allows!) You have a lot of talent for this type of carving!

Sheila ;)

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

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Maveric777

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#2 posted 1089 days ago

Im with Sheila… That is Awesome!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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sras

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#3 posted 1089 days ago

I think you are well on your way to the entire eagle. This is a very striking piece as it is.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Bearpie

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#4 posted 1089 days ago

For just a teeny weeny part of the Eagle, this has a massive visual impact! Kudos to you!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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LittlePaw

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#5 posted 1089 days ago

Thanx a bunch to you all for your supportive input. You have no idea how much a appreciate them. Signing off for the evening . . . got a big day ahead tomorrow! Have fun, y’all!

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

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 1089 days ago

I saw a claw foot table last weeekend [carved claws that looked real] and thought about you. Sorry to hear about you all’s medical probs. Best wishes for speedy recovery. Andy

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

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Chefdavid

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#7 posted 1089 days ago

Amazing work!!!! Thank you for sharing.

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#8 posted 1089 days ago

Excellent…you have a talent for carving and it really shows. Looking forward to the entire eagle.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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learnin2do

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#9 posted 1089 days ago

That’s even better!! -I have never seen an eagle carving of which i was more fond!

-- christine

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KoryK

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#10 posted 1089 days ago

Very impressive carving

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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Paul

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#11 posted 1089 days ago

Reminds me of my first wife!

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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Tag84

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#12 posted 1089 days ago

great paw! hope your health gets stable. Maybe you should start classes like spoon and sheila?

-- -Thomas -

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peteg

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#13 posted 1088 days ago

Wow I thought you maybe going to “rebrand” yourself to Little Claw, A great start to what will be a challenging project, Good luck with it, & hope you have good news on the medical front , take care :))

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

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LelandStone

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#14 posted 1088 days ago

Yeah, I do appreciate the wordplay, Little Paw, and the first thing I thought was a bumper sticker I’ve seen locally:

“You pray for peace, but I prepare for war.”

This sculpture seems to blend those ideas into a single visual representation: Strong talons, clearly capable of inflicting damage, yet posed in non-aggressive position. Of course, as others have noted, the craftsmanship is simply stunning, too.

-- Leland, OC Calif., www.safetyshowerbars.com

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Roman Hrytsak

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#15 posted 1088 days ago

I love the piece Little Paw, a job well done! Looking forward to the next piece. RH

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

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