Birds of Pray Progress Report

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Project by LittlePaw posted 08-27-2011 01:03 AM 1604 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 08-27-2011 01:16 AM

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 ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 08-27-2011 01:17 AM

Im with Sheila… That is Awesome!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#3 posted 08-27-2011 02:32 AM

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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#4 posted 08-27-2011 03:39 AM

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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#5 posted 08-27-2011 03:43 AM

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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#6 posted 08-27-2011 04:13 AM

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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#7 posted 08-27-2011 04:22 AM

Amazing work!!!! Thank you for sharing.

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#8 posted 08-27-2011 06:00 AM

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

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#9 posted 08-27-2011 06:03 AM

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

-- christine

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#10 posted 08-27-2011 06:12 AM

Very impressive carving

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

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#11 posted 08-27-2011 04:15 PM

Reminds me of my first wife!

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

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#12 posted 08-27-2011 08:24 PM

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

-- -Thomas -

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#13 posted 08-27-2011 11:46 PM

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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#14 posted 08-28-2011 01:50 AM

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.,

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Roman Hrytsak

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#15 posted 08-28-2011 05:21 PM

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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