Some of the Birds I have Carved from the very beginning. All of these I have carved from Oak and they are have Walnut beaks to add contrast.
My first one which I made for my Nan for Christmas 2013
Quite a number of my work colleges liked this chap (we called him Robbie the Robin) and soon after one of them commissioned a smaller one without the paint on. This is the finished result
Another college then commissioned me to make her smaller birds which where to be mounted onto wire legs. I made up a prototype for her approval and this was the finished result.
She was happy with this and then asked me to make a few more but in different poses. These are some of the ones I came up with.
The one with the wings back I then chose to expand upon and enlarge. This is what I came up with.
Other birds I have also created include a bird I carved from Silver birch quite early on. This bird was the first time I had carved into a wood that wasn’t kiln dried and also my first experience with using Silver Birch. This is now my favourite wood to work with as a result.
Here is the working progress of it from start to finish.
The birch log which I used
The bird was then carved and then sanded with a pine beak added
I didn’t really know what to do with him once he was finished and then in the end he was turned into a bookend to prop up my ever expanding book collection. The bookend itself was made by Dave out of some oak length I had bought from a local wood yard. Dave hand planed and then dovetailed the joints together. Does the job quite nicely.