Archive for November, 2011

*It’s That Time of the Year

Thanksgiving with our family is a happy memory. Saw this year’s first “smack” of over-night snow this morning. Last evening, we cozied in front of our first log-fire of the season. The decorations are complete and the “Poodle-Prince”, Davidson is  sporting his new clip.  Today, I’m sitting by the fire, listening to my classical music softly in the background whilst I read my Nook.  I’m reading my first e-book-on-loan from our Public Library. I have 13 more days to read the e-book and then it will automatically disappear from my Nook.  I’m a fan of the Library and am long accustomed to selecting and putting holds on my selections,  “on-line”.

It’s already too cold in my garage to carve on my bird-projects. I must eventually brace myself, heat the garage, and perservere. I plan to wrestle again with the  life-sized Red-tailed Hawk. It only needs a few hours attention to get past the carving stage and on to the detailing stage. I’ll then bring it inside for a month or two of wood-burning the feather quills and barbs. Hopefully, this bird will be ready for our first woodcarving show of 2012 in Middletown, OH. June will probably have a few more sessions with her paint-students. Otherwise, we’re on our Winter Hiatus from Wildfowl Art & Teaching.

Our family traditions include several that are coming-up very soon. June & daughter Michelle’s annual “Cookie Baking Day” at Michelle’s house, and Michelle and me off for a dinner (often Skyline) and shopping for her mom until we “ace” the list!  Happily (for me) Michelle takes the gifts home with her, wraps and labels them for me, to June and brings them here to Das Hamonhaus on Christmas Day. Then, the clan gathers once again for food, gifts and merriment.

Eating Out (should become an Olympic Event) with friends fills in whatever gaps may appear on our calendar.  We’re very blessed to have these family and these friends enscounced so warmly in our lives; woodcarvers included.  So, when the cheeriness appears to be fading, around January and February, think about revving it all back up again for the Spring. That’s what we do, to prepare for our Spring Class; and so on and on goes, I hope, for a very long time.

So, from the two of us to you, dig in and enjoy. We’re in this together. Keep those bird-feeders filled!

Happy birding and carving,  Bill and June

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3


*Happy Thanksgiving from Das Hamonhaus

Happy Thanksgiving from Das Hamonhaus. We and our family have been gathering for this day since our births. June and I have done so together for more than half-a-century. We’ve been blessed to have you and all of our woodcarving friends with us for nearly a quarter of a century.  Today, we’ll gather with family and extended family for the traditional gathering and feasting. Our “Winter Hiatus” is now “Official” and we’re focused more on each other, family and friends. Remember to thank God for his everlasting goodness towards us.

Happy birding and carving, Bill & June
Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

* Notes from June’s Painting Seminar March 11, 2011

June Hamon, Wildfowl Artist



        Click Here to View: PAINTING SEMINAR

*Dawn Hauter’s Killdeer

Dawn Hauter's Killdeer

Well, we recently participated in the Sauder Village Woodcarving Show in Archbold, OH. In several previous posts, we have lauded the wonderful time that we consistently have at this annual gathering of carvers and friends.

A primary reason for our satisfaction is how well the show is run. The one individual who sees to that is the  Marketing & Special Events Coordinator for Sauder, Dawn Hauter. This year, we gave her a token of our esteem and affection in the form of a stick decoy. She e-mailed this photo of the Killdeer decoy ensconced in her office-area. If you are a carver who has never visited or exhibited in this great show, contact Dawn at her office (below) she will fill-you-in. Maybe, we’ll see you there next year.

Dawn Hauter

Marketing & Special Events Coordinator

Sauder Village

22611 St. Rt. 2, PO Box 235

Archbold, OH 43502

419-446-2541 / 800-590-9755 ext. 3076

Happy birding and carving, Bill

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

* A Congress of What?

As you may remember, our blog’s “motto” on our Homepage is:

“Birds of a Feather Flock Together”

In the spirit of expanding our knowledge on this theme, consider the following wonderfully

anthropomorphic collective nouns for the various groups of animals. We are all familiar with a:

Herd of cows,

a Flock of chickens,

a School of fish

and a Gaggle of geese.

However, less widely known is:
a Murder of crows

(as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens),

an Exaltation of doves

and, presumably because they look so wise:

a Parliament of owls.

Now consider a group of Baboons.
They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious,
most viciously aggressive
and least intelligent of all primates.
And what is the proper collective noun for a
group of baboons?

Believe it or not ……. a Congress!


I guess that pretty much explains the things that come out of Washington !

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Go green – Recycle Congress in 2012 !!!

Happy birding and carving,   Bill

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

*New Habitat Class is Scheduled!

Pink Dogwood on Base

Our truly final event this carving/teaching year (2011) is now officially on Saturday, November 19, 2011, from 9a.m. til noon (or maybe longer). This is by invitation only to six carvers max and is free-of-charge.  Our one-day-project is to fabricate a small Dogwood branch with leaves and blossoms.

This will entail cutting and soldering brass rods, leaf cut-outs and blossom-cut-outs. It will also involve some epoxy.  We made the pictured base with pink blossoms and no leaves. We’ve made previous bases with Dogwood leaves and buds without blossoms. This time, we’ll strive for both!

The object is to improve and develop our soldering skills as well as as bases for our future bird-carvings.

Happy birding and carving,   Bill

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

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