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*Just Finished & Shipped the Blue Jay Repair Job

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


*Product Comment about Cool-Chem & Repairs to Carvings

I’ve used “Cool-Chem” in the past as an alternative to using epoxy or solder in the construction of feet for birds; i.e: song-birds. It’s been years ago and I don’t have a clear recollection of how it worked-out at that time.  I do recall that I discontinued it due to it’s expense.

I’ve order a small quantity this morning on-line for a specific project. I’ve previously mentioned that I’m currently re-pairing broken carvings for about four people. They found me, I agreed and now I’m endeavoring to get it all behind me and never agree to do it again. They had such high hopes and I weakened!

Case in hand is a lovely Bluejay which is an excellent carving by someone whose Carving Book I own. Weird, eh?  The beak was broken, a leg split (2-wires), looking like a “wish-bone”, and detached from the wire stem of the base. The foot (cast) was broken and 2 toes missing.  Metal leaves had been epoxied to wire stems, as well and are now 80%  needing to be re-attached.  Well, the stems are epoxied, as well, for texture, etc.

Solder is “out” due to the branch y configuration of the base and epoxy. I hope to be able to use the “Cool-Chem” to re-attach all of the above. I was first referred to this product by Bird-carver Walter Thompson. He said it had replaced solder as his medium of choice. So, here I go again.

I’m hoping to hear from one of you if you have some insight on this product or, on this project.  The beak, foot and leg are now repaired. A stem of leaves is reattached using ribbon-epoxy. I’m now waiting for the Cool-Chem to be delivered.  Watch for a critique in the future on the culmination of this and the other repairs.

This can’t be what I retired recently from teaching to do; can it?

Happy birding and carving,   Bill

Bald Eagle #3

*Bluejays on Video

Happy birding and carving,  Bill

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

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