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  • Owls, Gnomes, and Indian carvings

    I've attached a picture showing a sample of owls, Indians in a blanket, and gnomes I have done. The dark "grainy" owls are from butternut (favorite carving wood) and the rest basswood. The top shelf owl that has two different colored eyes is a result of some reflection anomaly.

    All were fun to do and I made 22 owls, and now have moved on to scarecrows.

    Owls, Indians, Gnomes 11Oct2019-500.jpg

    Bill
    Living among knives and fire.

    http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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    What a line up! Looks like you’ve got the painting figured out. I tried carving an owl from Doug Linker’s video. It turned out lopsided and I messed up all the feathers on the front. I’m not going to post it, it’s going into the kindling bucket. Nice work Bill. Butternut, where do pick that up?

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    • #3
      Nice work, Bill!

      Mike: Don't throw it away - keep it on a shelf to see how much you have improved in a few years.

      Claude
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mike WNC View Post
        What a line up! Looks like you’ve got the painting figured out. I tried carving an owl from Doug Linker’s video. It turned out lopsided and I messed up all the feathers on the front. I’m not going to post it, it’s going into the kindling bucket. Nice work Bill. Butternut, where do pick that up?
        I usually ruin a few prototypes when I start out and expect that, Mike. I just learn better that way. All are painted differently and the butternut just has the eyes, beak, and feet painted. I like the bare wood. Some of the basswood pieces have the bodies and heads natural, also.

        The first run of butternut recently I got from Loess Sawmill, http://www.loesshillssawmill.com/...first class. I ordered more and it has some borer holes in it that I can workaround. Might be a feature " enhancement."

        I draw everything in pencil before carving and that helps me a lot.
        Bill
        Living among knives and fire.

        http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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        • #5
          What a lineup Bill, I can see why they are on display
          . . .JoeB

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          • #6
            Sure is a nice Parliament of owls Bill but they're all great carvings. Good job on the paint also.

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            • #7
              Dang Bill, looks like you are working on a chess set. Make up the rules as you go.
              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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              • #8
                Looks like you've done a bang-up job there Bill. Great looking group of carvings.

                Tinwood

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                • #9
                  Seasonal tree decorations to me! All kinds of interesting things to look at.

                  MikeWNC: I figure that I bomb about 1/3 of my carving starts.
                  Keep it to learn from it for a while. You will know when you're really done with it.
                  Brian T

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                  • #10
                    Hi 807 , I like them all but the Owls are my Favorite , even the one that looks like it has 2 different colored Eyes . the Eyes one all of them really stand out nice . Good Work . Merle

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Merle Rice View Post
                      Hi 807 , I like them all but the Owls are my Favorite , even the one that looks like it has 2 different colored Eyes . the Eyes one all of them really stand out nice . Good Work . Merle
                      I'm partial to the owls also and the one with two different eyes is in fact the same as what you see. Light reflection made it look different. When I painted them my wife wanted to know how I made the eyes look with so much depth...all I can figure is I used undiluted black paint applied very thick. Something to think about for the future. Serendipity I guess.
                      Bill
                      Living among knives and fire.

                      http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                      • #12
                        Those are cute as the dickens! Butternut is my favorite to carve, but not as easy to get my hands on, so I do most in basswood.

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                        • #13
                          Wow Bill 807, these look great! They all are so cute. I love the paint job too

                          Shawna

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Sammy66 View Post
                            Those are cute as the dickens! Butternut is my favorite to carve, but not as easy to get my hands on, so I do most in basswood.
                            This recent butternut is great to work with, but I bought some a few years ago that was "stringy" to carve. However, you are right about availability. I did hear Doug Linker once say it is now illegal in Canada (or Ontario) because of some disease wiping it out.
                            Bill
                            Living among knives and fire.

                            http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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