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AMERICAN KESTREL - poise, grace and design!

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Project by Roman Hrytsak posted 1051 days ago 1631 views 2 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve done several kestrel’s but was not too happy with the pattern’s I had found in the carving magazines. I found those carvings were too big so I decided to design my own using a photograph showing the pose in the pictures. Kestrels are not very big and when they are on a perch the bird shows beauty and grace and does not let on that they are terrific hunter’s and lethal killers.
I designed a base that included the branch and bird in one piece. The structure has an ‘S’ curve, so branch, bird and wings flow as one.
Carved in tupelo with a cherry base. Enjoy!

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





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MOJOE

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#1 posted 1051 days ago

Holy Crap! That is AWSOME!!!!!!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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rance

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#2 posted 1051 days ago

Nice perch, but how’d you get that bird to sit still long enough to take pictures?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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woodsmithshop

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#3 posted 1051 days ago

very nice, good looking bird, very realistic

-- Smitty!!!

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Roman Hrytsak

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#4 posted 1051 days ago

With these pictures I had the bird well trained. With the picture from which I made my pattern, I got it from a bird magazine.

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

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peteg

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#5 posted 1051 days ago

Another wonderful creation Roman, I thought you got muddled & posted the picture & threw the carving away::: ))))))
Well done indeed

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

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 1051 days ago

Awesome carving!! It would probably fool a real one ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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HawkDriver

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#7 posted 1051 days ago

Beautiful Roman, in the last picture, it looks completely real in the outdoor setting. How long did it take?

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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waho6o9

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#8 posted 1051 days ago

Most excellent Mr. Roman, it’s a collectors item for sure. Very realistic as stated above.

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rikgn

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#9 posted 1050 days ago

Roman Hrytsak, Did you ever bring back the memories. My first attempt at falconry, circa 1960, this was my first bird. “Rusty” Rusty never made it as a great hunter for me but instead became my buddy. As a youngster Rusty was perched on my shoulder where ever I went. “Thanks For The Memories”

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exelectrician

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#10 posted 1050 days ago

Awesome !

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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woodzy

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#11 posted 1050 days ago

Fantastic work.
The last shot from the little guys back looks very real.
Almost As if you snuck up on it and took the picture as it was admiering the veiw.
Beautiful.

-- Anthony

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Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 1050 days ago

Very Nice Carving & Painting. Excelent Craftsmanship!

-- Dennis Zongker

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Rob W

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#13 posted 1050 days ago

Great job!

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!, http://www.witzkewood.com

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Roman Hrytsak

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#14 posted 1050 days ago

Thank you for the compliments. They are much appreciated!
It was a work of love and I sort of lost track of the time it took to create it. RH

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

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Ken90712

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#15 posted 1050 days ago

Wow!!!!!!!! Now that is some amazing details. you have some real talent & great work on this!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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