Progress report on Shorebird Decoy Carving

Friday 8th July – Yesterday I spent some time at “Curlew Workshop” in Port Albernie with my Shorebird carving mentor David Parks.
I had taken six roughed out shorebirds  for him to critique.
David was kind in suggesting just a few style changes that I am now making.
However, with low tide and a pleasant evening on hand I took them to our beach and set up the raw decoys for some photos.
I have really enjoyed working on these birds achieving a suitable soft rounded feel all over each body so that with  my eyes closed they “feel real” 🙂

Unpainted Classic Decoys on Columbia Beach French Creek BC

 

Looking quite at home


For those that may be interested I used patterns from Hilmans ” Carving Classic Regional Shorebirds”
They are l to r Yellowlegs Charles Clarke ; Sanderling Feeding ; Yellowlegs Preening Cape Cod ;Golden Plover Elmer Crowell ; Yellowlegs Ira Hudson ; Red Knot  Folding Flattie Mass.
The wood used is local Yellow Cedar = Yellow Cypress


All of these birds can be seen at our beach during their Northward migration each Spring

Summer flits into Fall

Wed 29th June – 3 weeks have sped away since last writing – My! how Summer flits into Fall. I have been occupied with several projects. The pergola posts are now erected and the top frame installed but waiting for the twelve, 12 ft long 2 x6 cedar longitudinals to be milled.
I have just completed a “Love Spoon for Chrissy” but you will have to wait until I give it to her before I publish the photo here. While they visited us earlier this month Chris fell in love with the soft feel of a couple of my  carved long handled  spoons so I went to our beach and cut a chunk of root from a beached cedar tree and began carving something special for her.

Also I am making progress on the Eagle Warrior Mask and the Classic Shorebird Decoys.