a carving for the Birdsongs

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Project by mpounders posted 06-07-2012 07:26 PM 1085 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend at church asked me carve a gift for our music director and his wife, John and Belinda Birdsong. I had the idea to use one of the old wooden organ pipes for the carving, which is based on a L.S. Irish pattern from her wildlife relief carving book. I had to modify it a bit to fit in the small space and I added a little musical note that the bird is feeding on, trying to tie in the family name and the importance of music in their lives. The old organ has heard songs of celebration, worship, and mourning over many years and has played an important part in our church, so it seemed appropriate as a gift to honor this family. I believe the wood is spruce. Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 06-07-2012 07:34 PM

As always, excellent and outstanding work. You are truly a gifted and prolific artist!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 06-07-2012 08:31 PM

Very beautifully carved Mike and a fitting tribute to the recipients. I love the idea about the bird feeding on a music note.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 06-08-2012 01:36 AM

Looks like the Wrens in my backyard except no musical notes!

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#4 posted 06-08-2012 01:49 AM

Just beautiful!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 06-08-2012 02:49 PM

There are two wonderful gifts here Mike – your creative carving talent and the wonderfully appropriate gift you made. Well done!

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#6 posted 06-08-2012 03:06 PM

Mike, this is magnificent. I love your work and this will make a wonderful gift.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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