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Project by SilverFoxArt posted 03-29-2008 10:54 PM 1665 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I did this last fall, but haven’t posted it here yet. this is burned in birch ply. it is 20”x24” and I use a detail master with a medium rounded skew. All my work is done with just the one tip. This piece is an original.

I know some wood carvers that don’t care for my feathers because they aren’t realistic, but I was going for a more styalized look with them than a realistic one… I was more interested in the design and pose of the bird because of what the picture is suposed to represent.

I made this picture twice, I have a simpler 8×10 version and wanted to redo it. I made it after becoming disabled and I had to retire at 30 after working as an comercial/industrial electrician for 10 years. That is when I started wood burning. I felt like my health condition was like being tied to a stump… but while the birds teather is “Unbroken” so is his spirit.

-- Mel, Utah,

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-29-2008 11:47 PM


This is a truly artistic piece. You have done well here. I simply cannot fathom the talent and effort necessary to produce something like this.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-29-2008 11:49 PM

Wow. That is impressive. You have talent.

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#3 posted 03-29-2008 11:53 PM

I wish I had the patience to make your “unrealistic” feathers. They look fine to me. I can appreciate your symbology behind the picture. Keep up the great work, and never give up hope.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#4 posted 03-30-2008 12:50 AM

mel. i still like this eagle. very nice.

-- pat,ohio...

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#5 posted 03-30-2008 01:34 AM

This is simply beautiful. You are a true master of your craft. Thank you for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 03-30-2008 02:10 AM

Truly awesome Mel. This is my favorite! Love the meaning behind it…hugs..Dannie

-- Danette Smiths Pyrography and Easels -

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#7 posted 03-30-2008 02:17 AM

Lots of nice detail in there. Great job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 03-30-2008 08:12 PM

You really are a master of the woodburning art. Pl maintain good health so that we can see many of your wonderful wood burning projects. I am an experienced teacher of yoga. If u like I can give u some tips to revive your spirits.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Jon Parker

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#9 posted 04-01-2008 05:54 AM

excellent piece – where did you get the inspiration? I am reading a book called The Alliance by Gerald N. Lund (found here) which has a character who carves a piece almost identical to what you’ve portrayed here … very impressive

-- Jon | Rigby, Idaho

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