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  • Attempt at a detailed Cardinal

    With my extra downtime, I decided to try and up my game with a detailed bird. I’ve only tried this once before, years ago, and it was a scalloped mess. I tried to sprint before I could even crawl. I took my time with this attempt, and while I know there is plenty of room for improvement I’m pleased with the outcome. Painting is still far-and-away my weakest point, but there’s no way to improve but to fail numerous times.

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    Now, then. This is a great start and from all those noisy characters I have seen, you have done a job on this guy! What did you use for the making the chest "feather" markings? I like doing birds and it is one of my fall backs, plus of course that darn Pain-t. Some how I just cannot seem to bring myself to learn how to. Here you have picked up on most of this one. Great job, and the feet? you make those?
    Cheers
    Chuck
    Chuck
    Always hoping for a nice slice that won't need sanding!

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    • #3
      Much appreciated, Chuck.

      The feathers were delineated with a diamond ball, and the texturing was done with a ceramic cylinder. Floyd Scholz did a step-by-step of a cardinal on his Facebook page that helped a ton. He also has a series of painting videos on the Wildfowl Carving website that was really helpful. The feet are just the cast pewter ones that I purchased. My soldering skills are severely lacking.

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      • #4
        Jonathan, You did a grand job!!!
        Larry

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        • #5
          I have never seen a red cardinal, so I enjoy seeing yours very much! Nice carving!

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          • #6
            Hi Jonathan , I think you just entered the Bird World , Good Job . Merle

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            • #7
              Well done, Jonathan!
              Arthur

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              • #8
                Fine looking carving, Jonathan, and hoping to see more birds. Never tried one myself but I immediately did recognize the fellow.
                Bill
                Living among knives and fire.

                http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by sappy View Post
                  I have never seen a red cardinal, so I enjoy seeing yours very much! Nice carving!
                  sappy, These crazy birds are so neat, a beauty in their own world, having traveled down south and east US they are sometimes cantankerous, noisy and bright in breeding season. We had a nest next to our RV At Philpott Lake, VA. We were so lucky watching these birds. And Johnathan did a great job .
                  Chuck
                  Always hoping for a nice slice that won't need sanding!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jonathan creason View Post
                    Much appreciated, Chuck.

                    The feathers were delineated with a diamond ball, and the texturing was done with a ceramic cylinder. Floyd Scholz did a step-by-step of a cardinal on his Facebook page that helped a ton. He also has a series of painting videos on the Wildfowl Carving website that was really helpful. The feet are just the cast pewter ones that I purchased. My soldering skills are severely lacking.
                    Thanks for that information . Still great job.
                    Chuck
                    Chuck
                    Always hoping for a nice slice that won't need sanding!

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                    • #11
                      What fine job you did on this guy-start to finish. Going to have to look up the site you recommended, I can always use help.
                      . . .JoeB

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                      • #12
                        Thank you all for the kind words, I really appreciate it.

                        I’m eager to start on my next one now.

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                        • #13
                          Beautiful carving, Jonathan! I think you nailed it!

                          Claude
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                          • #14
                            Looks great man

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                            • #15
                              Very nice job on the carving and detailing the Cardinal.
                              Mark N. Akers
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