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  • #16
    Originally posted by J Norton View Post
    Some in-progress photos of the osprey carving, including one from the fish’s point of view.

    James

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    Well, Dogone James that's one neat bird. As I said previously, the wife and I used to live close to these and watch them hit the water so hard you could hear it, then out of the water they will come with those Claw hooks in a fish.
    Am waiting forthe final!!
    Chuck
    Chuck
    Always hoping for a nice slice that won't need sanding!

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    • #17
      A little more progress on the osprey carving. The texturing of the underside of the wings has been completed, using a burning pen for the primaries and secondaries and their coverts, and an inverted cone stone tip for the contour feathers. One of the wings is textured on both sides. I have about 100 hours invested in the project so far.

      james

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      • #18
        Hi, J, A lot of Fine Detailing on Each Feather to bring that Bird to life. Good Eyes and a Steady Hand is a Big Plus I'm sure . Watching your Progress with Great Interest. Merle

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        • #19
          J, that bird is going to Fly off your work bench!! LQQking great! Chuck
          Chuck
          Always hoping for a nice slice that won't need sanding!

          https://woodensmallthings.blogspot.com/2021/01/

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          • #20
            Amazing work, James!

            Claude
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            • #21
              Thanks Claude, and Chuck, and Merle. I will keep at it until the detailing/texturing is done!

              james

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              • #22
                Wow, that bird will be excellent... thank You for showing

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                • #23
                  Thanks, Yolli!

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                  • #24
                    Going to look fantastic. If the bird was skimming in over a rock you could pin the rock to the body. Just a thought.

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                    • #25
                      I am moving toward having a simple, straight metal rod holding the osprey at a sharp diving angle above a round wooden base stained with a semi-transparent marine blue stain to suggest a water surface. All my other ideas didn’t pan out: the visually cool curved metal rod supporting the carving above the base (the rod was too bendy); a straight 3/16” diameter dowel (which bent under the weight of the carving, and threatened to snap); and a straight, clear 1/4” acrylic rod (also too flexible). So what if the metal rod support is obvious, the viewer will see the support, understand it, and dismiss it, turning attention back to the carving. Next time I will plan out the support mechanism before beginning the carving!

                      i don’t know how some of the master carvers manage to delicately suspend a flying duck on a reed or cattail, they must use something like hardened steel rods to keep the shape of the supporting habitat vegetation and prevent sagging or wobbling. I will have to look into this more.

                      Thanks for all of your suggestions!

                      james

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                      • #26
                        My solution for supporting my osprey carving turned out to be a 3/16” diameter steel rod from the local big box hardware store. I cut it to length, mounted the bird on the base, and the result was very sturdy with no wiggling at all. The rod is not too conspicuous, and will certainly do the job. I mounted the osprey at a sharp angle of attack, heading toward a semi-abstract water surface. A photo of the nearly completed carving and its base, resting on my bench, is attached below. The upper sides of the wings are just about done, but the underside (not shown in the photo) still needs some painting details. I am happy with how this is turning out. Thanks again to all for your feedback and suggestions.

                        james

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                        • #27
                          Hi, James, Beautiful Piece of Work and Very Well Done. I think you need something on the Base to complete the Scene, something that the Osprey is Concentrating on. Just my 2 Cents for what it's worth. Merle

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                          • #28
                            That is one sharp looking carving! Really shows the action, well done!

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                            • #29
                              That's looking great, James!

                              Claude
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                              • #30
                                Thanks for the kind words and, Merle, you are correct that the osprey needs a target. I have thought the same since I first put bird and base together. I want to keep the base simple and somewhat abstract, and my own thinking about how to achieve what you suggest is to paint a shape on the surface of the base to simulate what a fish just under the surface of the water would look like from above. This is a plan subject to change, however. I will keep you posted.

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