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    I have started a new carving project, which was prompted by my recent carving of the bird ancestor Archaeopteryx. This is another extinct flying vertebrate, a small pterosaur, or flying reptile. These creatures varied in size from a sparrow to a small plane, and were very successful over millions of years until birds arrived on the scene. I am basing the carving on a fossil reproduction, as I did with Archaeopteryx. The pterosaur I am trying to reproduce has a wingspan of about 15 inches, has a thin wing membrane supported by a really long finger, and a head that is very large compared to the body. Strange-looking creature. I cut out and assembled three pieces - two wings and a body - glued them together, and began shaping. My progress so far can be seen in the attached photos. I will post updates as the project proceeds.

    james

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    A little pterodactyl? This will be fun to follow.

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    • #3
      Another cool project!
      Ed
      Living in a pile of chips.
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      • #4
        Hi James , Looks like you got a Good Start for our next Trip with you in your next Carving Adventure . Merle

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        • #5
          Thanks, guys, I will keep you all posted!

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          • #6
            Great and interesting carving niche. Very interesting!
            Bill
            Living among knives and fire.

            http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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            • #7
              Reminds me of those old "lawn darts." Thanks, I did not know that there were small species. I thought they were all the size of a Cessna. Any ideas for color or is that too soon?
              Brian T

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              • #8
                Boy, you're off to a good start
                . . .JoeB

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                • #9
                  Looking good, James. I am impressed by all the research you need to put in for this critters. Carving is great, too!

                  Claude
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                  • #10
                    Loving it!

                    Very good work clean and precise please show more of your dino's!!

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for all the comments! Regarding the coloration: many depictions I have seen show pterosaurs with “shorebird” coloring - white belly, grey backs and wings with black highlights, yellow or orange beaks, etc. I may paint this carving that way. At a distance, a small pterosaur with this coloration would resemble a tern, a larger one might look like a white pelican. I want these carvings of extinct creatures to look plausible, so a familiar color scheme would probably be best.

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                      • #12
                        Thank you. Your suggestion of "shore bird" coloring makes good sense.
                        Brian T

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                        • #13
                          That should be another home run, James. Can we call him Pterry for short?
                          Arthur

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                          • #14
                            I had referred to him as “Terry”, but “Pterry” is surely more true to the Greek!

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                            • #15
                              Really looking forward to following this piece . Your last one was awesome.

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