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I’ve been commissioned to draw and to design and create, but this is the first custom pull-toy. The client sent photos of a worn, primitive stuffed animal and wanted my interpretation. Without the photo I’d have never taken this direction. I’m glad that I did!

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Pull-Toy No. 8 – The Elephant

12″l x 8″w x 10″t

White Pine, Leather, Glass, Pewter, Steel, Copper, Horsehair

(Custom pieces cost no more than existing pieces. The process begins with a short exchange of emails. I then produce drawings for the client’s approval. Changes are made. With a deposit of 50% I begin work. I send photos documenting progress. The piece is completed within three weeks and shipped with payment of the balance. Please email me at 50littlebirds@gmail.com if you are interested in a custom piece.)

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The Pull-Toy Series No. 7 – The Holstein

15 1/4″l x 5 1/4″w x 11 1/2″t

White Pine, Found Wood, Steel, Glass, Leather, Pewter, Bone, Cotton

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Songbirds

Four more pieces shipping the The Artisan’s Bench tomorrow. These simple pieces look great when combined with others.

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_MG_0014I’ve been stocking The Artisan’s Bench in Brighton, Michigan with a very complete representation of my work. I’ve been sending off groups of pieces as they are finished. The gallery is as enthusiastic as I am about including 50 Little Birds.

The pieces in the photo on the left have arrived at the gallery and are available for purchase.

 

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Orioles and Oranges

I’ve been out of the studio for the last few weeks. We had an illness in the family that came before carving and puttering. Health has improved and I was able to spend quite a few hours at my bench working on a trio of Baltimore orioles on orange halves. Click on photos for captions.

One of these is sold. The others will be available this week.

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I finally began to move forward with my full sized tundra swan in flight. When completed it should measure fifty-four inches longpith a wingspan of seventy-two inches. My largest strongly, not surprisingly, is to find the space to do this in my tiny crowded shop.

I work, mainly, using two inch thick white pine planks. The cheeks on this swan are three inches thick so the head and neck (the only carved portions of this bird) blank had to be glued up from two pieces of wood.

The trick to a strong and successful glue joint is perfectly mated wood pieces. Before glueing the pieces I flattened them with a bench plane. I then glued them using a waterproof wood glue. It’s important to apply even pressure so I used lots of clamps (six) and thick cauls.

After the glue had set (twenty mins.) I removed the clamps and sawed the head and neck in two profiles. I saw the profile first and tack the scraps back into place before sawing the outline from the top. I then cut a “handle” at the end of the neck to provide a clamping surface.

Like any carving the next step is to knock the corners off–carve off the corners at forty-five degrees to make the piece octagonal–and begin the rounding process. These corners roll in at the beak to form the top and bottom surfaces. The tip of the beak is left square and will be shaped much later. It’s always a good idea to leave extra wood in areas that may be particularly delicate.

Waterfowl heads are thickest at the base of the cheeks. The sides of their heads slant inward. Unlike ducks, with a pronounced cheek line, swans heads are simply tapered. Using a small hand plane I define the flat sides of the head.

More about this later.

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Just finished these two pieces before they go out. Commissions cost no more than stock pieces and are usually turned around in under two weeks.

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I love this show and the fine women that run it, but it didn’t look like I was going to be able to participate this year.

Good news–Circumstances have shifted a bit and 50 Little Birds will be on hand.  We are a late entry so please do what you can to let the folks of Bloomington know the birds will be on hand!

Bloomington Handmade Market

Bloomington Convention Center

Saturday, April 7, 2012

10:00 – 5:00

Thanks to Sally, Nicole, Mia and Jessica!

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Yesterday I posted a few updates from my phone.  I was settled in for the day without being able to get my laptap to talk to the free wifi.  I wrote about a new Red-Winged Blackbird in flight, but the photo never posted.

In my recent skin-on-frame experiments I utilized sheet steel to fabricate birds’ wings.  I had some extra time Sunday evening and fabricated wings and tail feathers for a red-winged blackbird.

I picked up a plaid wooden croquet ball and used it to mount this bird.

I’m fairly pleased with the results, though these wings are oversized.  There will be few more over the next few weeks.

 

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Steps in order of carving and painting an American Goldfinch.

This bird available for $98.  Please contact me if interested.

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