|Project by LittlePaw||posted 434 days ago||1174 views||0 times favorited||28 comments|
The Canada Goose project is finally finished. It shouldn’t have taken two months, but it did . . . no excuses.
Each feather is drawn in with a pencil, knife outlined, then carved to slope down and under the feather in front of it. Then depending on how it turned out, I smooth the rough corners with a rasp then sanded it until I’m satisfied with it. When that was finished, it was ready for woodburning. It did not occur to me that when I burn a feather vane crossing from one piece of wood to the adjacent one, the burn would look different. Even though the heat setting is the same, and pressure and speed are the same through the vane, when the burn crosses onto a different piece of wood, the result was noticeably different. The problem was that it is almost impossible to go back and darken the lighter half of the vane. The only solution, I can think of would be to use one solid chunk of wood instead of bonding several pieces together for the fuselage. I will be trying that on the next bird. In future bird carvings, I am not going to color any of them – not even the white parts. I think most people know what a Cardinal, a Bald Eagle, a Canada Goose, or a pheasant look like so I really don’t need to show them the color of a Red Tail Hawk, do I? The painting cover over the detailed carving which is exactly what sets mine apart from being just another plastic decoy. So, if I get any criticism for the lack of color on the birds, it’s not going to bother me. I decided not to cheapen mine and let them be just another made in China plastic decoy. Mine are all hand carved from wood – feather by feather – in America! I would love to hear from y’all, good or otherwise. Thank you for looking.
-- Paul - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.