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  • #61
    Beautiful work, Glenn.
    Bill
    Living among knives and fire.

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    • #62
      Hi Mate, a Beautiful Piece of Art brought to Life and a Great Project to show off yor Great Talent in Detailing . Gets better with every Added Piece. Merle

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      • #63
        Originally posted by Glenn Jennings View Post
        Hi Guys
        Started on detailing the humming bird. Am trying to take my detail to a higher level with this piece. Have always had a real "THING" for hummingbirds. Amazing little creatures. This one will be a ruby throated.

        I am trying to get the feathers all anatomically correct.

        Used power carving to rough out the bird as the wood is chestnut and can be a little tough to shift a lot of wood with a knife alone on the piece of wood I have.

        The tail detail has been carved with the Micro Mark chisel set and for this fine work I think they are pretty good. I used a super sharp scriber to scribe in some of the feather detail.
        Now I just posted where can I get a pattern? And you show up here with a nice hummer. You have a beauty and I have not been watching anything due to lack of enthusiasm my hand has been a bugger. Great photos Glenn.
        Did you just catch one and tie it up or have a pattern?
        Chuck
        Chuck
        Always hoping for a nice slice that won't need sanding!

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        • #64
          Hi Joe , Bill, Merle,
          Thanks for the nice comments guys. Spent a lot of time digging around for just the right photos for the last piece. Came across a few nice hummer photos that I had forgotten I had in my slide film collection.

          Hi Chuck,
          Hope that hand is on the mend mate. If you have a dig on the net you will find photos of just about anything you might want. Upsplash is a free image site so you can download for free anything on the site.

          I pick photos that will give me the right plan (top) and elevation (side)profiles for the piece. I then size them in photoshop to give the the exact size I'm looking for then print them on ordinary a4 paper. Dont use photo paper as it is too thick to trace through. Then put grapfite paper under it and trace around the bird shape to get the profile then off to the band saw to cut it out.

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          • #65
            I do the same thing as Glenn. Just open a new page in your browser, put in what you want, such as "crow". Then the search engine finishes, click on "Images" and you'll see a bunch of photos. If you need, you can be more specific in your search such as "crow tail" or "crow head". Sometimes, I will look at the image, and then sketch on the block of wood, without printing the image...

            Claude
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            • #66
              Hi Guys
              Made some progress on the third hummingbird for the piece. This has been carved from basswood I imported. Beautiful stuff to work with. This has been the trickiest of the three to do. The tail is so fragile. I had two breakouts on it and had to glue bits back on. Think once I have detailed the tail I will soak the tips in super thin CA glue so that it soaks in and hardens it all up a bit.

              I made two patterns one to cut to shape with and a larger one to use to see the detail for when I detailes it. Made a bit of a mistake and cut the piece out to the detail pattern so had to scale it all down as I went.

              Failed the IQ test on that one. Such is life.

              Think there is another 3-4 days work in it on detail before it is ready for painting.

              Will Take a break from fiddly stuff after this and do a more solid piece. Like maybe a 6 inch long wolf or an A4 size lion portrait.
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              • #67
                You're a glutton for punishment for sure, well done Sir
                . . .JoeB

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                • #68
                  Glenn,

                  That’s coming right along working with some thin bit there. When you mentioned using the CA thought I’d share when I’m carving hat brims on my fly fishermen I establish the bottom and soak it with CA before making the brim thin by carving down from the top.

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                  • #69
                    Hi Joe
                    hehehehe Think I was born with a touch of masochism thrown in for good luck hehehe. This one is a challenge but if one comes out on top of a challenge then that is a yeeehhhaaa moment so well worth going for hehe.

                    Hi ED
                    That is a good tip thanks buddy. I can detail the bottom then CA it then detail the top. Will make things alot less prone to damage.

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                    • #70
                      Originally posted by Glenn Jennings View Post
                      Hi Guys
                      Made some progress on the third hummingbird for the piece. This has been carved from basswood I imported. Beautiful stuff to work with. This has been the trickiest of the three to do. The tail is so fragile. I had two breakouts on it and had to glue bits back on. Think once I have detailed the tail I will soak the tips in super thin CA glue so that it soaks in and hardens it all up a bit.

                      I made two patterns one to cut to shape with and a larger one to use to see the detail for when I detailes it. Made a bit of a mistake and cut the piece out to the detail pattern so had to scale it all down as I went.

                      Failed the IQ test on that one. Such is life.

                      Think there is another 3-4 days work in it on detail before it is ready for painting.

                      Will Take a break from fiddly stuff after this and do a more solid piece. Like maybe a 6 inch long wolf or an A4 size lion portrait.
                      Glenn,, I like it! And, Now that is a lot different than the one than I wanted to do, now my RT hand is starting to act ?? semi ok . I want the wings almost straight up. \ / Body under.
                      Chuck
                      Chuck
                      Always hoping for a nice slice that won't need sanding!

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

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                      • #71
                        Hi Chuck
                        One of the other two hummers on the piece looks a bit like the one you want to do so I made this one a different to sort of blend in with the other two birds on ther piece.

                        Good luck with your one mate . Glad the hand is on the mend. Look forward to seeing your hummer develop!!

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                        • #72
                          Got around to getting a bit more done on the last hummer for the piece. Took about 7 hours to trim the tail feathers shape them a little and detail them. Not 100% happy with the detail but think if you don't look too close it will do.
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                          • #73
                            Are we ever 100% satisfied with our works, I think the look just great, It is going to be a fine displaywhen your done.
                            . . .JoeB

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                            • #74
                              Hi, Glenn , looks good to me also . Merle

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                              • #75
                                Fabulous detail on the HB feathers, Glenn! I'm really impressed.

                                Claude
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