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magee

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04-12-2015 04:30 PM

This carving is a full size American Kestrel. The Kestrel and bolder are carved from basswood, the talons are made from brass rod and covered with epoxy and then textured. The complete project is then painted with acrylic paint. Thanks for looking.







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#1 posted 04-12-2015 07:35 PM

That is amazing! Thank you for sharing! It is so life-like, I keep watching for it to take flight.

If you don’t mind me asking, how much time was involved with creating such a piece of art?

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#2 posted 04-12-2015 08:10 PM

Two thumbs up from me!!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 04-12-2015 08:25 PM

Wonderful project. This and your Monarch Butterfly are outstanding. Thank you for sharing your work.

-- Tom - Sunnyvale Ca

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#4 posted 04-12-2015 09:21 PM

Fantastic, and amazingly lifelike! My wife and I are birders, and have seen a lot of kestrels this year. It has been a pretty amazing year so far for birding. We have already spotted 90 species in Colorado just this year, including a number of very rare spottings.

My wife is much more artistic than me, and has talked about taking up carving. I’ll definitely show her the pictures.

-- Lee

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magee

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#5 posted 04-12-2015 10:22 PM

hotbyte, MT_Stringer, Rusty17 , and TimberMagic thank you all for your kind comments and taking the time to stop by for a look.

If you don’t mind me asking, how much time was involved with creating such a piece of art?

Hotbyte this piece took approximately 200 hrs (give or take 10 to 20).

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#6 posted 04-12-2015 11:01 PM

Very nice carving. Your colors are spot on.
That from a birder and a carving hack.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#7 posted 04-12-2015 11:49 PM

Hey thanks a ton ksSlim, the colors are the one thing I worry about (next to the carving) of the subject. Thanks for your support.

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#8 posted 04-13-2015 12:49 AM

Thanks, magee. I think if I had 2000 hours I couldn’t do anything like that Kestrel.

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#9 posted 04-13-2015 01:18 AM

That is totally awesome. You certainly have a gift. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

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magee

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#10 posted 04-13-2015 01:20 PM

Your very welcome hotbyte and thanks again for your kind words. BurlyBob, thank you for dropping by for a look and being so kind it is appreciated.

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#11 posted 04-13-2015 01:38 PM

Wow superb work. I love this.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#12 posted 04-13-2015 01:48 PM

Another winner, magee ! How do you reckon the details ? Do you have an actual animal carcass to refer to or do you study the literature ? Are you a biologist ?

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#13 posted 04-13-2015 01:55 PM

That may be the most perfect/lifelike carving I have ever seen! Your attention to detail and perfect color match are beyond compare. I rehabbed several ‘Sparrow Hawks’ when I was in school and yours looks just like the ones we had.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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magee

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#14 posted 04-13-2015 03:24 PM

Thank you MrFid for your kind words.

Yonak, thanks… sorry no biologist here, I just study images from the net and from books and try to match the feather details, and colors.

gfadvm, thank you so much coming from someone who rehabilitated these birds that is a great compliment, thank you.

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#15 posted 04-13-2015 04:54 PM

I just study images from the net and from books and try to match the feather details, and colors.

- magee

Well, you’re fantastic at it. To be able to glean such detail from internet and book images is stupendous. You do great work !

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