A Little Owl

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Project by Nate Meadows posted 07-26-2014 01:36 PM 2340 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometime when I am not feeling good enough to work outside or if I am late up from nightmares, or even when we are watching TV, I like to sit on the couch and carve. (How awesome is it that I have a wife that lets me do that?) I have one of those aprons that has a kangaroo pouch that sticks out to catch all the shavings. My main knives are made by Paul from DeepWoodVentures. They are brilliant knives and hold an edge really, really well! The handles are by far my favorite. With the nerve damage and neuropathy they make carving easier and a pleasure. My second go to are Cape Forge. They are made by father and daughter team Mike and Karyn. Their detail knives are one of a kind and are great for more than just carving, but for inlay work too. They make a great set of micro chisels that I cannot wait to get!

Anyway, the story behind the Owl a few years ago for Christmas, my brother-in-law drew my name, so I was his person to buy for that year. (thats how we do it at my parents, there are over 20 adults and even more kids so it keeps us all from going broke!) Anyway, he is a jokester and got me present after present of nothing but OLD! and cheesy Owl stuff. (this was before they became popular again too!) He did end up getting me a great set of drawing pencils which I love, so it was a good laugh. But we all dread getting picked by him!

So I thought I would say thanks by carving him an Owl. It is out of Black Walnut and sits about 3-1/2in high. I sanded it down to 2000 grit and then did one coat of tongue oil, then spent an hour waxing it as we watched a movie. It was silky smooth when I was done.

I took and adapted the pattern from the British WoodCarvers magazine. (The best carving mag, in my opinion!)

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#1 posted 07-26-2014 01:45 PM

Great carving, Nate! I love the way you transitioned the eyes into the ears!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-26-2014 02:28 PM

Great carving. I’d love to see images of your knives and the handles you love.

-- Dave K.

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#3 posted 07-26-2014 03:34 PM

That is fantastic Nate! Your an inspiration with your talent.

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#4 posted 07-26-2014 03:36 PM

Brother Lew, thanks for the props, that was not entirely my idea. The pattern was very helpful! It was rounder and taller and it did not have the tail like I did, nor did the ears scoop in.

Brother Dave, Thanks, I will get some pictures for you and post them! I have been meaning to do a full review of the knives as well.

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#5 posted 07-26-2014 03:37 PM

Brother Bob, Thanks for your kindness. I am trying to do my best with the cards God gave me:).


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#6 posted 07-26-2014 04:38 PM

Nice carving, Nate. Keep up the good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 07-26-2014 04:58 PM

Hope you signed it. Nice carving Nate.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 07-26-2014 06:42 PM

very very posh nate, i love the owl, i think it would be cool to collect a bunch, one that starts out small and goes up little by little until to have about 6 to 8 of them….with maybe just a touch difference in them.great job, and i know your pain brother…i pray for strength every day that the Lord will bless me with the strength i need each day, its really the only thing that really gets me through it…and i know where your faith is at also….endure brother nate…endure

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 07-26-2014 07:37 PM

A cute lil creature. Gr8 carving Nate

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#10 posted 07-27-2014 03:14 AM

That’s awesome, wish I could do that. I should check out that magazine.

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#11 posted 07-27-2014 07:01 AM

My wife is an owl collector!
Whenever I went on a business trip, here or overseas, I knew I could surprise and make her happy with a new owl. Now that I am retired we haven’t had a new addition owl for quite some time.

She sure fell in love with this one!
Nice job Nate!

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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#12 posted 07-27-2014 09:37 AM

Awesome owl Nate! I love birds of prey in any form, the flow and finish of your piece is exceptional, I am sure your brother-in-law will be touched. And thank you for your service sir!

-- God bless, Michael, Roanoke VA.

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#13 posted 07-28-2014 02:22 AM

That looks great Nate!

-- I never finish anyth

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#14 posted 07-28-2014 09:13 AM

A great looking owl and well carved. Having the magazine myself and wish I could carve that well that is one that maybe one day I will do. I like the changes you have made to it.

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#15 posted 07-30-2014 01:50 PM

Brother Charles, Thanks for the encouraging Word!

Brother Doc, its always good to hear from you, Thanks! And no, I did forget to do that!

Brother Grizz, Thanks! I don’t think I have what it takes to carve seven or eight:). Yes brother, you are in my prayers too, thanks for the encouragement! You hang in there too!

Brother Roger, Thank you!

Brother Travis, you really should check out the magazine, it is very well done!

Oldnovice, Thanks you for the high compliment!

Brother Michael, that means a lot coming from you! Thank you very much!

Thank you Brother Philip!

Brother Derek, you can do it! Just grab a block, mark out the lines, keep your knives sharp and take off a little at a time!

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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