Blue Jay by Dan Williams

Blue Jay by Dan Williams

Probably in May or June, 2012, I agreed to help a fellow in Northern Ohio repair several bird-carvings that he inherited from his father, I believe. In a magnanimous mood, I said I would defer the repair fee, since I have the needed materials on hand.  He said he would call me when he was ready to bring the carvings to me. I explained my busy teaching schedule and said I couldn’t get to the repairs until after Thanksgiving. No problem!  In July, 2012, I agreed to repair a bird for a lady in North Carolina who thought she had purchased it from me. It turned out to be carved by celebrated artist, Dan Williams. I happen to have a carving book he wrote. I made the same explanation that it wouldn’t be done for many months; there was a fee involved. No Problem!  Then, I was contacted by a man living in a community just north of here. He has a Wood Duck Drake that has a broken-off bill.  Same old story and, a fee.  He brought the Duck decoy here weeks later. 

The above, is sort of my tale of woe because, I’m not a repairer of wood-carvings!  How these people all found me is still a mystery. Why I ever agreed to any of it, is also!  Well, the plot thickens;  man number one contacted me a few months ago  to schedule his visit and deliver his birds.  I told him that he is not to do so until next Spring, because I don’t tend to carve in the Winter and, I’m otherwise too busy. He correctly senses that this “isn’t going to happen”!  Today, I shipped the Blue Jay to N.C.; then called the owner to advise of the total bill (as, she had requested that I should do). She is the most charming and gracious lady. 

Next, I’ll try to get my shop in order for some Wood Duck Bill Carving. That man has also phoned-in some weeks ago for a reality-check.  I’ve actually done some research on the Wood Duck Drake, purchased a pattern; also, a study bill. I cut the Bill-Blanks and have started the initial rounding-off of the top of the profile. The big “unknown” is how I will match it up with the marred and broken surface of the decoy.  I admit this is some fun; but, not as much fun as working on my own stuff.

Please, do not refer anyone to me for repairs of any kind. Thank you.

Wildlife is for Carving,  Bill

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

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