St. Valentines Day – Carving a pair of California Quail

Late last year I watched a DVD entitled “Beginning Wood Carving ” its the author, Everet Ellenwood recommends making a list of things you would like to have in pursuit of your hobby. Instead of friends and family buying you gift of socks and hankies, which you don’t really need they can look down your list and select an item to purchase. I did this primarily formy wife Dian and lo and behold for my birthday she chose a carving course for me making a museum quality California Quail. These are delightful birds that frequent our garden in flock of a dozen or so.

Quail cock layout


Our Allen Wright painting

Yesterday was the start of the course at Jim Roberts home in Cowichan Bay about a 1:15 min drive south. Jim furnished us with a full scale drawing a basswood cuts for body and head and set of cast pewter feet and top knot and a pair of glass eyes.We spent a couple of hours learning about the habit and anatomy of these birds from Jim while laying out centre lines, wide body lines and other details required before removing wood.

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