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Bill Barkleys Life sized Humming Bird and Flowers

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Project by thedude50 posted 09-09-2012 06:09 PM 1975 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Project was made by my very good but computer challenged friend Bill Barkley of Fresno California. This Life sized replica has approximately 300 hours of work into it. Bill uses many tools power and hand to make this type of design. He has sold many of these at the Tamson Munger Gallery He will gladly take pre orders for these or similar Hummingbirds. The entire project is made of wood the plant is hand carved from wood and is Painstakingly assembled and then finished with Paints to resemble a real plant The bird its self is three pieces the glue joints are invisible. Bill is a disabled Veteran of the Vietnam war where he served as an Officer and Platoon Commander in the United States Army. Bill is also an accomplished woodworker in all aspects of the craft from furniture making to cabinets to things just like this. I asked him if I could post this for him he was reluctant because he is very modest. However I was so taken with this piece live that I had to photograph it. I used the 12 mp Nikon with a 15 75 lens and used no filters to soften it what I tried to do was to capture how good it looks live I hope you all love Bills work as much as I do. Cheers Lance and Bill

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-09-2012 07:00 PM

Very nice carving. It must real delicate!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 09-09-2012 07:36 PM

Hey Bill!

Wonderful job!

What kind of paint did you use?

Really COOL!

Thank you Dude for posting…

Bill, thank yu for letting Lance post it!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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thedude50

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#3 posted 09-09-2012 08:37 PM

I will have to ask him about the paint I don’t know what he uses but I will find out.

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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Gshepherd

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#4 posted 09-09-2012 09:33 PM

Beautiful Work….. Great attention to detail…...

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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Fishinbo

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#5 posted 09-10-2012 07:59 PM

I can understand how you are moved by it.
To see such a powerful piece of art imitating life can be overwhelmingly daunting.
Cheers to both of you !!!

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Rustic

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#6 posted 09-11-2012 03:10 AM

Nice job Get Bill signed up on LJ.

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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thedude50

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#7 posted 09-11-2012 10:03 PM

I have tried he isnt into computers

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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thedude50

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#8 posted 09-11-2012 10:26 PM

some days no matter how hard you bust your ass the ol lady wont get off it

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 09-12-2012 12:04 AM

Does he remember what kind of Paint he uses? He can’t be that old… is he?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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thedude50

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#10 posted 09-12-2012 04:23 AM

Na joe he is your age or so 66 I think but some people dont like computers much . AHE HAS ONE HE DONT USE IT DAILY THOUGH AND I AM STILL TRYING TO TALK HIM INTO JOINING

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 09-12-2012 04:50 PM

What kind of paint does he use?

I’m 76… 10 years older… & I thought I had it bad… LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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janice

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#12 posted 09-14-2012 03:27 AM

Very pretty! I’ve been feeding the hummingbirds at the river cabin and at my dad’s house this year. He is 82 and amazed with them right outside his kitchen window all day long. Well, me too actually. Love this piece! I’m glad I took the time to look at it! Thanks for sharing!

-- Janice

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oldnovice

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#13 posted 11-10-2012 09:49 PM

The detail in magnificent as you can see the texture of the feathers! We have a lot of those Hummers around our house and my wife fills the feeder almost on a weekly basis!

As far as being on a PC at advanced age, my dad used his lap top until he was 90 but he had a lot of help and it was his best method of keeping in touch with his far flung relatives and family!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 11-11-2012 04:47 AM

... and we still don’t know what kind of paint he uses… Do we?

Dude, you started it… don’t blame him for not getting on a computer…
... it’s up to you to ask & get the answer… Yes? LOL
... you can’t weasel out of this one… LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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thedude50

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#15 posted 11-12-2012 02:37 AM

he said it is acrylic paint but he did not give me a brand

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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