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