AMERICAN KESTREL - poise, grace and design!

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Project by Roman Hrytsak posted 10-12-2011 03:59 AM 1936 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:... FIGHT HUNGER ----- DON'T EAT!

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#1 posted 10-12-2011 04:03 AM

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

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

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#2 posted 10-12-2011 04:09 AM

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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#3 posted 10-12-2011 04:14 AM

very nice, good looking bird, very realistic

-- Smitty!!!

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Roman Hrytsak

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#4 posted 10-12-2011 04:15 AM

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:... FIGHT HUNGER ----- DON'T EAT!

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#5 posted 10-12-2011 04:30 AM

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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#6 posted 10-12-2011 04:32 AM

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

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

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#7 posted 10-12-2011 04:57 AM

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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#8 posted 10-12-2011 06:24 AM

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

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#9 posted 10-12-2011 08:07 AM

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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#10 posted 10-12-2011 08:40 AM

Awesome !

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#11 posted 10-12-2011 01:55 PM

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.

-- Anthony

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#12 posted 10-12-2011 02:37 PM

Very Nice Carving & Painting. Excelent Craftsmanship!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 10-12-2011 03:08 PM

Great job!

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#14 posted 10-12-2011 03:45 PM

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:... FIGHT HUNGER ----- DON'T EAT!

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#15 posted 10-12-2011 04:50 PM

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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