Archive for April, 2010

*Our Very First Bird’s Feet Construction Class at das Hamonhaus

Our recently held “*Very First Habitat Seminar at das Hamonhaus” was successful.  Time didn’t allow us to do more than several projects to completion. So, as a follow-up, we are reconvening tomorrow afternoon to share in *Our Very First Bird’s Feet Construction Seminar at das Hamonhaus.

In preparation for tomorrow, I spent about 5 hours yesterday making toe-charts, cutting leg & toe rods and soldering a pair of feet for my own Red headed Woodpecker. Since all of these same carvers recently attended our last seminar, they have already acquired their basic tools and have soldered their first leaves and twigs. I will include Custom Bird’s Feet Toe Charts in the Student’s Kits for all future Hamonhaus Wildfowl Carving Classes where wire feet are appropriate to the project.  I will also go over the other custom wire-bending tools which are useful in making habitat & bird’s feet.

These “Hamonhaus Carver’s” have been invited to these two “no-fee” ,  other than for materials, seminars as a perk for being either current or former enrollees in our schedule of classes.   For years, we have also offered the perk of  “weekly no-fee Carve-Ins” to our Hamonhaus Carvers. Bird carving isn’t for everyone, just as power-carving isn’t for everyone!  However, it you might be one of those of like mind to us, why aren’t you a Hamonhaus Carver? check-out our Schedule of Classes on this Blog from time to time and be in touch.

Happy birding and carving,  Bill

Bald Eagle #3


*Our Very first Habitat Seminar at das Hamonhaus

We Woodcarvers all experience the occasional “break-through”!  If we persevere, we improve when our techniques improve or are up-dated.  We take a “Class”acquire a new tool or, a new “How-to-Book” that takes us further and better.  We receive a valuable “tip” that we relate to and can utilize  from then on; etc.  Well, I feel that way about many aspects of my woodcarving.  Habitat is a major area of opportunity for these carvers who overcome their fear of trying something new.  Remember your initial apprehension of trying a power wood-carving tool?  Same thing!  Making your own bird’s feet instead of buying “cast feet” is a major break-through for sure.  I’ve agreed to Do our next Seminar on making Bird’s Feet for our current Red-headed Woodpecker Class plus a few others.   Well, consider putting a twig, branch or a few leaves on your bird-carving base.  How about an acorn, mushroom or even a bloom or two?  Getting a little nervous?  I can empathize.

For that reason, I conducted a seminar on several of these concepts here last Saturday for a room-full of Hamonhaus Carvers.  These are current and former students who have previously participated in one or more of our classes.  We started in the morning and worked on adding carved-to-fit styrofoam to a wooden base and covering it with “Sculptamold”, a plaster-like covering for the “ground-cover”.  Embellishments were added; i.e: fabricated pebbles, texturing, etc. Everyone took a brief bag-lunch break.  In the afternoon, everyone cut leaves out of brass and stems from brass rods. These were artfully soldered into  leafy-branches which could easily be affixed to the bases they had earlier modified with Sculptamold. When we adjourned at the end of our day, everyone left with their bases and leafy-branches.  They all had been asked to bring only their mini-torches, micro-motors and bag-lunches.I was very pleased to see that everyone had broken new ground and took home with them,  the fruits of their projects. Hopefully, we will do more on this topic in the future. Because of our limited “work-spaces”, I had only asked our  most recently active  carvers in our classes to join in.  We were pleased that all who were asked were here. Full House!

Happy birding and carving,  Bill

Bald Eagle #3

*More Signs of Spring

Well, I’ve just added another “Category” to this blog; “Miata”.  If you are also a “Miataphile” let me know.  If you don’t know what a Miata is, nevermind!  I purchased mine “Used” on May 1, 1997. It had actual mileage on that day of 65, 737.  Today, it has over 155,000 miles on it.  It’s a 1991 Red A- Model, which like “all”  Miatas, is a Convertible.

Some “Hard-core” Miataphiles also believe that “if your top isn’t down, that storm outside had better have a name!”.  This is my 3rd Red Sportscar and my 6th Convertible.  I guess this isn’t just another phase I’m going through!

In February, 1999, I joined the Miami Valley Miata Club.  June and I have participated in many social and road events and trips for the last 11 years with the club. The camaraderie and helpfulness of our members is second to none. What brought all of this to mind, was that I washed both of our vehicles yesterday and had to take mine on a nearby scenic  romp with the top-down (of course).  Thanks to the recent tune-up at our club’s Tech-Meister’s home-garage, it has never run better.

If you are also a Miataphile, check-out our club at:

ZOOM, Zoom, zoom,   Bill

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