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Bird Carving

Discussion in 'Wildlife Artwork and Crafts' started by Jean M, Sep 5, 2022.

  1. Jean M

    Jean M Well-Known Member

    I have mentioned before that I had a background in bird carving before starting taxidermy.

    I have carved and competed with my birds since my mid teens. More recently teaching a few classes and contributing to bird carving publications.

    I just got back from teaching a 6 day class on carving and painting a Blackburnian warbler.
    This is carved from Basswood, as I prefer to use knives for most of the carving, but students that prefer power carving usually use Tupelo.

    Painting is all acrylic brushwork.

    Thanks for looking! 20220903_210128.jpg


  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Awesome work!
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  3. Rausch

    Rausch Well-Known Member

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  4. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

    York, SC
    That’s SWEET!,!!!!
    Very nice
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  5. Jean M

    Jean M Well-Known Member

    Thanks very much!
    Just wanted to share.
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  6. spurhunter

    spurhunter Well-Known Member

    Beautiful work! I love it.
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  7. Wow, it looks so realistic! Nice work!!
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  8. Jean M

    Jean M Well-Known Member

    Thanks for looking in.
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  9. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

    By all means. Please share more often!!
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  10. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    Fantastic job. That is talent there, as taxidermists we just un-assemble critters or fish and reassemble them but you took a piece of a tree and turned it into a very nice realistic looking tree dweller.
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  11. Jean M

    Jean M Well-Known Member

    I think you're over simplifying taxidermy a touch, but thanks very much 3bears.

    There are some amazing bird mounts here each month, but I doubt that I will ever mount any bird, I think I would do them more justice by carving and painting them.
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  12. Joe Kish

    Joe Kish Well-Known Member

    Nothing short of stunningly beautiful. (Your warbler that is.)
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  13. Jean M

    Jean M Well-Known Member

    Thanks for looking in.

    I love all forms of wildlife art. The same principals apply to each, just some of the mechanics change.

    With taxidermy, the challenges for me have been things like fleshing/tanning,
    Clay and hide shrinkage, and even working on larger sculpture that I can not move around in my hands.

    A small bird like that can be moved into any position to be at "my hand". Sometimes both the bird and tool move as I work on it. Where a bear or deer head can only be rotated on the stand, but remains stationary, so lighting, and viewing angles are more of an issue.
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  14. landdepot

    landdepot Active Member

    Excellent work.
  15. EA

    EA Well-Known Member

    Wow! You are a Master.
  16. Dave York

    Dave York Well-Known Member

    I hate carvers. No one should have that much artistic ability. Makes the rest of us look bad.
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  17. Joe Kish

    Joe Kish Well-Known Member

    I take it your comment is a genuine backhanded compliment to Jean m for her masterful carving of a warbler. But I always feel compelled to interject when any person in my field says any words of self effacing about their own abilities. If you think you can't carve, I have every confidence that I could show you how to to do it in no time flat. I know you know you could do it if you really decided you wanted to. But I know we're on the same page: That carving is a masterful example of truth and beauty.
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  18. Dave York

    Dave York Well-Known Member

    Joe i just shake my head when I see carved fish. Absolutely incredible work.
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  19. Jean M

    Jean M Well-Known Member

    I appreciate your words, I certainly did not take any offense at Dave's post. I know what he meant, and yes, I'm sure that most high skilled taxidermists could carve/paint if they so chose.

    There are similar aspects to both discipline, and to all wildlife art for that matter.

    Even though twenty birds may seem like a "girly" thing, I have never identified as "her"

    I'll forgive you, my name is French, and not likely that common of name in Texas.
    Now I don't look exactly like this, but think
    Van Damme, not Edith Bunker (Jean Stapleton) LOL!
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  20. garlicsalt

    garlicsalt Member

    Jean do you happen to have any YOUTUBE videos out there?

    Very nice work you do there!
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