Archive for September, 2012

*The Plot Thickens on the Wood Duck Project


Wood Duck Drake

It was decided today between Sam H. and myself that I will go ahead on Monday and order four blocks of Tupelo of sufficient size to do four Wood Duck Drakes. If we have two more interested enough in the project to purchase the wood and eyes that will soon be on hand, we’ll each do a Wood Duck. If not, Sam and I will each do a Drake and a Hen Wood Duck. If a third carver buys the wood and eyes, only Sam will do the pair. Confused yet? This will not be as a class, as previously noted on this blog; it will be a “Carve-In Project” which means no fees beyond materials as required. I’m now motivated to do this Wood Duck. Who can say what I’ll think of doing next!

Happy birding and carving, Bill

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

*Wood Duck Drake Project (Not a Class!)


Wood Duck Drake

In my previous posting referring to repairing broken wood-carvings, I can mention that one of them is a Wood Duck Drake which has a broken bill. As most of you might know, I’ve never been tempted to carve a Duck! Not even a Waterbird of any kind until my current Smmer Class Project, The Little Green Heron. This particular repair actually led me to purchase a study-beak, pattern and (why not) a set of eyes. While I was in pre-ordering mode, I asked the carvers that were with me that day if they wanted me to order for them also. They did. Guess what? We’re now contemplating  an “off-the-books” project to carve the Wood Duck Drake as a “Carve-In” Project. Basically it’s NOT a class so, we each will only pay-for or acquire our own materials!  We alsow ill basically carve together or apart at our own speed.

We’re at the juncture where we will discuss the pattern modifications (separate for each of us?) and the size of the individual wood-blocks to be ordered soon. It’s looking like a “Winter Project”. Will try to keep you posted as we go.

Happy birding and carving,  Bill

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

* So, Why Am I Not Quite Ready to Hang It Up For The Season?


Maybe a few of you can recall years ago, when I would schedule classes all through the year, including winter!  Well, I struggled with the concept of heating my garage-class-room as well as the necessity of removing snow and ice from my (large-ish) driveway and walks. My snow-shoveling days are over! For these primary reasons, I discontinued teaching in the “off-season”. I don’t even “carve” in the “off-season”! 

Trying to schedule my “Carving Season” vs. my “Winter Sabatical” has swerved both ways, up until Christmas and back to before  Thanksgiving. Well, here we go again with another  per-mutation to meet the needs of as many of us as possible. It’s true, that today will be the last scheduled of the ten-weekly carving/teaching sessions of my Summer Class, the Green Heron. However, the sessions will continue on a “Carve-In” basis, as long as the interest level and the weather permits.

We still have three scheduled Woodcarving Shows to exhibit in during October and November. So, it’s likely that we’ll conform with my ideal time to stop teaching activities, by Thanksgiving. I hope to personally do some carving whenever I feel like it. I have “countless” projects that deserve completion. Even tho I don’t expect to ever pick-up a snow shovel again, I do expect to heat-up the garage so that I can be comfortable, in my zone, listening to my toons and carving away.

One last comment about my projects. I must state for the record that I am not a repairer-of-broken woodcarvings. However, I will try to assist the repair of a broken woodcarving for someone who purchased it from me. So, how can I explain to my-self how I now have on hand several broken-birds from different parts of the country that are waiting for my attention.  More on that topic later; maybe.

Happy birding and carving,   Bill

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

*Bald Eagle Sightings


Hamonhaus Bald Eagle #3

Click the link above to see a photo of our most recent wood-carving of the Bald Eagle. It is 2/5 scale (32″ wing-spread).

So, to get back onto “topic”; I  recall that my personal first sighting of a Bald Eagle was in the 70s in Loveland, Ohio driving in a convertible with the whole family, with the top-down(we’ve had seven of them) in a wooded rural area. “Something” about 15-20 feet from the ground, in a tree at the edge of a field, caught the corner of my eye. It caused me to stop and turn my head to see what it was. The family was a-bit shaken at my driving and I told them to look at the Bald Eagle watching us from the tree. They saw it as it leaned, then flew low, then high across the field and away. It was stunning.

Once again, in Loveland, Ohio in the 70s, early in the morning, I was sitting on the front stoop of a friend’s house on Fallis Road, waiting for him to come-out to go play golf. There were woods most everywhere around his lovely ranch home. A Bald Eagle came from behind his home, low over his house and precisely over my head and into the woods across the road. I read later in the town newspaper that an Eagle’s nest had been seen in the woods along Fallis Road.

Over the years since then, we’ve had our share of Bald Eagle sightings in Florida and in Kentucky, as well.

A year or two ago, I saw a Bald Eagle fly directly across the Social Row Road, a mile from our home, here in Centerville, Ohio.  I’ve seen them fly over our house as well.

Yesterday, we were at “Scrambler’s” after church having lunch with friends. We were at a table facing out of the large window and across the street and the field beyond. I was facing in that direction while we were all talking. My eye doesn’t tend to miss much of anything to do with “birds”. I saw what I knew to be a Bald Eagle, just over 100 yards from where I was observing. It was flying (not soaring on the thermals) to and fro and not very high. I first determined that the wing-to-body-angles (dihedrals) were not a TV (Turkey Vulture) and that it’s “wing-flap” was not the 3-flaps & glide of a hawk. Then, on it’s turn, I glimpsed the white of the tail and head. A Bald Eagle. So, I mentioned it to my friends. The man with us said, “I’m an old briar and that’s not an Eagle”. His wife, who sat facing me, countered that she had also been watching the bird, over my shoulder in the reflection of the glass panel behind my seat. She said the she “knew it to be a Bald Eagle too” because she had also “glimpsed the white”. I simply said that I knew that he was a briar and also that the bird was an Eagle. He bought our lunch so, I guess the point was taken.

I look forward to recording the above in my brand-new Nature Source Bird Field Guide App on my NOOK Tablet.  Re: My Previous Posting on Field Guides  It features Life Lists that have “sightings” data entry. Bald Eagles are worth my time. You see, the wood-carving has led me irretrievably to this other hobby, “Bird Watching”.

Happy birding and carving,  Bill

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

*Why Birds?


June & Bill

I’ve actually been asked if my “Bird-Watching” led me towards becoming a “Bird-Woodcarver”; nope, it was definitely the other way around. Up until 1988 when I took my first wood-carving beginner’s class, I was indifferent towards “birds”; not for them nor, against them. Most of them were simply LBBs to me, or “Little Brown Birds”. Purely happenstance that our beginner’s class carved a Cardinal and that my teacher just happened to be a “bird-carver”; an ol “German Woodcarver” at that. Two dozen years later and I’ve become that ol’ German Woodcarver! Following the Cardinal carving, my next two classes that I took in 1988 were also birds; the Saw-whet Owl and the American Kestrel (opened wings).  By the end of that year, I had also taught my first class which was the Bluejay. 

Exceptions to the rule include the time my teacher asked me to teach a class for him, which I did. He gave me a small instructional book and some wood to carve and to teach a small (8″?) Santa Claus. Afterwards, I gave it to him as my gift. I didn’t care for the project nor the pattern. The only other exception that I can recall is the time that June “harped” on me for a few years to carve some “Old World Santas” to give away as gifts to our small handful of BFFs. I tried to bargain with her, once I realized that my refusals were not going to succeed. I said that I would do the deed if she would draw the pattern. Her refusal did succeed as always and I did the entire project; except for the paint.  She prescribed five santas so, I carved six. I thought we should keep that extra one for ourselves. She thought of another friend. We didn’t get one and I’m never carving another one.

We’ve carved several hundred birds and don’t consider the half-dozen that live with us as being “ours”. If someone wants to buy them, we can’t afford to keep them; too pricy for us.  We consider these remaining  birds as our “exhibit”.  You might see me eventually carve  a small critter; i.e: Chip Monk, Snail, Cray-fish, Butterfly, Ladybug, Sunfish, etc. It will be for the likely purpose of adorning one of our bird-carvings as habitat on the base. Or, maybe just because I’ve always wanted a Chip Monk (if only I can find a good carver to do it)  hehe.

Happy birding and carving,  Bill

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

*Audubon Field Guides for Your Mobile Device


I am an avid reader and always have been. My NOOK Tablet is my friend and I’ve just added a new “APP” to it which I’m loving. It’s My new Field Guide and it’s so impressive; for just $4.99!  Take 30 Seconds to learn more on this video:

Happy birding and carving,   Bill

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

*Movies and Trailers : “The Hobbitt”, a Trailer


I’m a true “Hobbitt” fan. All of the books and DVDs are in my collection and, I’ve seen all of the movies. The new Trilogy is due out this December, 2012, “The Hobbitt”, the “Pre-quel” if you will, for the previous “Lord of the Rings” Trilogy of the last decade. Enjoy the trailer:

 

See you at the Movies,  Bill

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