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    IMG_1665.JPG I started a couple of pairs of scissortail flycatchers about this time last year. Things just kept getting in the way of finishing them and getting them mounted. My bird-carving friend, Charles Wolfe down in Arkansas, helped me when I got stuck, especially with the mount. I finally finished this pair and got them mounted this week. The other pair is carved and painted, the mount carved and painted, but I want a blooming vine to climb the post on it, so it will have to wait. I'm still learning birds.
    From Missouri

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    Donna, those are beautiful!

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    • Donna_T
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      Thank you!

  • #3
    Just amazing work Donna
    . . .JoeB

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    • Donna_T
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      Thanks much. Now I need to finish the other pair....

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    Love them Donna. As I said at the Rogers show, my next effort will involve brass for vegetation. Have you been consulting with Charles in this area. I need help!

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      Thank you, Paul. I've used brass for habitat, but am not good at soldering. Charles is much better at it. Sounds like a good excuse for a work day!

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    Donna, those are super! Well done!
    Arthur

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    • #6
      Still learning birds!!!!!? I think you have most of it figured out already Donna. Those are gorgeous. I really like the mount you've chosen, very nice all around.

      Tinwood

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        Thanks. Every time I make a bird, there's things I learn and would do differently. Guess that's progress?

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      Hi Donna, WOW!!! They look so Delicate and Detailed Very Well. Painting looks great also. You can tell you like to do Birds. Just Beautiful. Merle

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      • Donna_T
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        Thanks, Merle. I do like carving and detailing birds--especially when they turn out better than I think they will.

    • #8
      SHUT the FRONT DOOR!!!!
      Still learning birds??? No way!
      WOW Donna
      These are stunning!
      Where you been hiding gurl?
      Really, really good.
      Last edited by Spiritwolfe; 12-07-2016, 12:17 PM.

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      • Donna_T
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        Thanks, Nikki. "When I grow up, I want to be a bird carver." (And animal and santa carver...) I keep trying to improve technique.

    • #9
      Donna, these are wonderful! The one with spread wings, are the wings one piece with body? And the tails, so delicate! Hard to master in wood. Nice work!

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      • Donna_T
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        Yep. They are one piece. I was afraid I'd break the tails every time I picked one up to work on it. That may be part of why it took me a year to finish. Carving was easier--painting was the toughest part!

    • #10
      They are just beautiful, nice composition too.

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      • Donna_T
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        Thanks much!

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      That is some spectacular work, Donna! The carving and painting on the birds are excellent and I love the way you put the habitat/scenery together!
      Keep On Carvin'
      Bob K.

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      • Donna_T
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        Thanks, Bob. Each part has its challenges. And I'm prone to analysis paralysis !

    • #12
      Looks like you have learned birds very well. They are fantastic.
      Joe

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      • Donna_T
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        Thank you for the kind words, Joe.

    • #13
      Really Awesome work! ... I wonder what they are watching.
      Greg

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      • Donna_T
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        I originally planned to carve a tiny insect for the mount. I chickened out! But I love seeing them sit on a fence wire and watch and watch whatever.

    • #14
      Absolutely gorgeous!!
      Terry

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      • Donna_T
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        Thanks a bunch!

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      Donna, such a great job. Now on to doing some really detailed habitat too. Your work is really detailed and a fine sculpture. Be sure and post pictures of the ones with trumpet vines.
      I cut out 6 bluebirds for the class. Have them shaped and ready for feather layout. Trying to stay on schedule.
      Charles
      Charlie Wolfe [email protected]
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      • Donna_T
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        Thanks, Charles. I spent the day cleaning the shop and organizing my wood stash, so I'm ready to finish something else! Do you have a date set to get together to start bluebirds and did you get some others to commit?
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