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Al33
02-24-2006, 09:57 PM
I am working on this one while working on the other, but this one is not nearly as complete. I want to get them both done so I can paint them at the same time.

The first three views (profile, front, and rear) are of two like cutouts after I have cut them out of a square block of wood on my bandsaw. I did two cutouts for comparison purposes. Eventually, I hope to get around to carving the second one.
I first make a paper pattern depicting profile, frontal, and top views. I then glue on a profile view and either a frontal or a top view pattern on the squared block of wood. I have reference lines both on the block and the patterns to aid me in aligning the patterns on the block correctly. After I cut out one view, I reattach the cut off piece with spray adhesive which puts the block back together for the second cut. Once completed I have a basic form to work with.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b324/al33/FST-P6.jpg
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b324/al33/FST-P3.jpg
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b324/al33/FST-P2.jpg

More often than not there will be areas the cuts will not get to so rough out work is required to remove the wood from these areas. I usually use a Foredom rotory tool with carbide burrs for this effort. The following top view will give you an idea about this.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b324/al33/FST-P4.jpg

Once I have the rough out work done I start carving. Knives and gouges are my preferred tools. Using a pencil I sketch on the feather groups on the rough out and make the appropriate cuts. After they are carved in I usually sand them off smooth then sketch on the feathers and cut them in. Most of the time I use my woodburning tools for cutting in the individual feathers then use a knife to relief them a little.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b324/al33/FST-P5.jpg

Hope you all enjoyed this little show and tell. I will post more pic's as I progress, just don't be looking for them tomorrow.:D

Nicodemus
02-24-2006, 10:28 PM
That just impresses the tar outa me! Real talent there!! :cool:

Handgunner
02-24-2006, 10:44 PM
I'll just say, "dang"..... :D

You never cease to amaze me, Al. What I wouldn't give to have 1/2 your talent!

Keep the pictures coming!

WOODIE13
02-24-2006, 11:36 PM
I'll just say, "dang"..... :D

You never cease to amaze me, Al. What I wouldn't give to have 1/2 your talent!

Keep the pictures coming!

I would just take a 1/4 of the 1/2:smash:

Nice. You ever do any ducks? Thinking about it, but add in work and too much hunting and too many hobbies, the ol time gets a little thin

matthewsman
02-25-2006, 04:27 AM
That just impresses the tar outa me! Real talent there!! :cool:

He ain't gonna give you one no matter how much you compliment him::ke:

Thanks for showing us how Al,I think I'll make two or three today while it's raining out::ke:

Would you say it's more what you keep or more what you cut away that makes the carving?

BROWNING7WSM
02-25-2006, 07:06 AM
Awesome work !!

Paymaster
02-25-2006, 03:24 PM
Awesome work !!

AMEN!

Mantracker
02-25-2006, 04:04 PM
great work

jman9977
02-25-2006, 08:45 PM
Man what talent you have. That is great work can't waite to see the final product.