|Project by SPalm||posted 05-19-2013 05:57 PM||3729 views||23 times favorited||42 comments|
These guys keep staring at me while at the breakfast table. I am not sure whether to smile or look away.
I am trying to teach myself to turn. These birds are part of my education. I have spent the last couple of weeks playing with them. They are addicting. The two maple ones with the flat heads are the first two that I turned, and then the others came in as a procession. They even have names – I am going nuts. The skinny mahogany one with the long beak is Ralph.
I saw the idea from a Norwegian turner named Lars Beller Fjetland (‘ya gotta just love that name). They are turned from a central core with a belly piece and two matching wings on the sides. The central core can either be a solid block or two book-matched pieces. I tried to show in picture #6 the effect of the book matching. Either curved-in or curved-out matching works, I just made sure to book-match or a goofy grain pattern would ruin the work. Those are before and after shots of Cindy’s and Gertrude’s backsides showing the grain. I matched the grain direction on their wings too.
Ollie’s big eyes were drilled before turning, first with a small bit and then a half inch bit. This was the only one that I predrilled. It worked out better than drilling on the curve after turning. The beaks are 3/16” round and were made with wood chucked into a drill and sandpaper.
They are about 3.5 inches tall by about 2.25 inches round. They are made of various woods including cherry, maple, walnut, rose wood, mahogany, and leopard wood. Finish is Danish oil and wax.
Thanks for looking,
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