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    About a month or so ago I posted on here asking if anyone could suggest a good " entry level" book on basic bird carving. The response was great and lots of good suggestions were offered . One member ; Robert Cahill ,went so far as to offer to send me a book that he thought would fit the bill ( no pun intended) as he no longer had any use for it. The book " Carving Realistic Birds by H.D. Green arrived a couple of weeks ago and it was exactly the type of instructions that I was looking for. This book was published in 1977 and the author explains methods that were common before one could just log on the net and order eyes, legs, etc. He does mention power carving , but all instructions are aimed toward basic hand tools , even the burner that he uses is one of the old single tip, fixed temperature pyroelectric pens that I had as a kid..
    So following the instructions in said book, i have managed to carve my first scarlet tanager. Like any type of carving I thought it was going great, but by the time I had it finished I can see all kinds of ways to improve a second attempt.
    It was fun and I learned a few new (to me) tricks along the way. I doubt if I will ever become a full time bird carver, but it was a great project and I'm glad I did it.
    Wayne
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    If you're looking for me, you'll find me in a pile of wood chips somewhere...

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    Cool Soggy, It looks like that south shore bird has his hunter's orange on. You did a great job.
    If I took the time to fix all my mistakes, I wouldn,t have time to make new ones.

    www.spokanecarvers.com

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    • #3
      Hi Wayne
      Very nice bird, well carved and painted,I guess all us caricature carvers need a break once in a while from Santa's, I will be waiting for your next bird
      Bruce

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      • #4
        That is one swell bird!
        . . .JoeB

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        • #5
          Well Done! Great first bird, looking forward to seeing your next bird carving.
          http://www.tristatecarvers.com

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          • #6
            Hi Wayne, you got to keep that Bird for yourself cause it's your First Bird to compare to your next ones , and believe you will do another one. Good Job. Merle

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            • #7
              Heckuva nice job on your first bird Wayne. For one of us older gents your a pretty good book learner. What's next?

              Tinwood

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              • #8
                Nice work, Wayne!

                Claude
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                My Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.com/cfreaner/

                My ETSY Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

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                • #9
                  Great first bird. They are addictive. Keep doing the occasional bird and you will learn to love them.

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                  • #10
                    Great looking bird Soggy! I hate to think what my first bird carving would look like. Love the Scarlet Tanager. You chose a wonderful bird to carve.
                    Terry

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                    • #11
                      Nice little bird, it sure is a keeper, thanks for sharing your project with us.
                      Oscar

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