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  • Loon with baby chick aboard

    I like carving birds, but the thought of carving feather details makes me procrastinate, so I thought about doing a smooth finished loon since most of their detail is in their spotted pattern anyway. After I started, I saw some photos of baby chicks riding on the backs of their parents and thought that would add an interesting detail and its downy feathers would complement the smooth loon.

    Here is the loon with chick. I used a course burr for the chick to replicate its downy feathers. After carving the general shape, I used a straight burr and lightly tapped it on the surface and also changed the orientation sort of like a herringbone pattern overlapping a little on each tap. I think it created a pretty good downy-like surface.

    Next up is to finish smoothing the loon and then paint it. I'm beginning to think painting it might be as difficult as carving feathers after all.
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  • #2
    I've seen painted smooth full-sized loons. The spot & bar pattern seems to take precedence
    as far as recognition goes. Nobody looks any further. The viewer's mind fills in all the blanks.
    The chick is good.
    Brian T

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    • #3
      So far∙∙∙∙GREAT, I also use tungsten-carbine tooth burrs of adding texture to hair, using the extra coarse burrs.

      Looking forward to your finished project.
      . . .JoeB

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      • #4
        Nice carving on mother and chic. Look forward to seeing the piece painted .

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        • #5
          So far, so good, and can't wait to see the painting and finish. Nice work.
          Bill
          Living among knives and fire.

          http://www.texaswoodartist.com

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          • #6
            Nicely done! look forward to seeing it done.
            We live in the land of the free because of the brave! Semper Fi
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            • #7
              Progress update. I ran out of paint in my DecoDolor extra fine paint pen... But, I think it's looking pretty good. Still have more to go.

              Tom

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              • #8
                It's looking pretty good already!

                Claude
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                • #9
                  I grinned, it is, to me kind of warn and fuzzy, looking good
                  . . .JoeB

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                  • #10
                    I got some new paint and am making more progress. It looks more complete, but still have to finish the white on the breast and the eyes.

                    Tom

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                    • #11
                      Looks pretty cool to me.

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                      • #12
                        Pretty nice smoothie Tom. Nice chick too.

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                        • #13
                          Good paint and red eyes. Just ever so slightly uneven to be realistic and believable.
                          You can't ruffle my feathers with that one.
                          Brian T

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                          • #14
                            Almost finished. I'm going to add a drop of Urethane to each eye to make them look glossy.

                            I'll have to look for examples of how to mount this to look like they are silently gliding across a smooth lake in Maine in an early morning fog. Any suggestions are welcome...

                            Tom

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                            Last edited by Gleber; 01-03-2022, 07:22 PM.

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                            • #15
                              There is something classy about this carving--?????
                              . . .JoeB

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