Miniature Mountain Bluebird on Lava

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Project by Lori Corbett posted 09-13-2006 07:05 PM 3378 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my later projects. Thr bird and lava rock are carved from tupelo. The sage is made from brass rod and cardstock for the leaves. The piece is painted with acrylics.

This piece is intended to portray the rather harsh conditions these birds endure to make their living.
In my area, they are found in both high elevations (up to 9,000 feet) and in lava & sage plain habitats, as shown.
Conditions are often windy and dry, but an astonishing variety of life thrives here.
Look closely and you’ll see a lady beetle hiding amongst the sage leaves. Not a particularly tasty morsel, as experienced birds know, so it’s uncertain whether the bird will take it or leave it be.

DIMENSIONS = 10 3/4 inches high x 6 inches wide.
The bluebird itself is 2 3/4 inches long.

You can see more photos at:

-- "Jeez, Lori who were YOUR freakin' parents?" - Wendi R. (My Sis)

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#1 posted 09-14-2006 01:16 AM

that’s great work. I’d love to see some progression pictures if you ever get the chance to share.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 09-14-2006 01:19 AM

Hi Lori,
Beautiful bird, it reminds me of an Indigo Bunting I seen one once in my backyard, quite a few years ago. He must have been lost. I haven’t seen one since.

Welcome to Lumberjocks, it’s a nice forum, isn’t it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 09-14-2006 05:15 PM

Now thats woodworking!

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Lori Corbett

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#4 posted 09-14-2006 06:39 PM

Thanks guys!
Darryl…I din’t have any progress photos of that bird. I have a series of progress photos carving an American Kestrel, though.

Dick…We don’t have the Indigo Bunting here, but we do have its counterpart, the Lazuli Bunting. Not blue all over like the Indigo, but stll a pretty bird. This DOES look to be an interesting site.

Dennis…I guess it’s all a matter of perspective. I’m in awe of those who make nice straight lines fit with no gaps…lol.

-- "Jeez, Lori who were YOUR freakin' parents?" - Wendi R. (My Sis)

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#5 posted 09-17-2006 03:05 AM

lori, love the bird. i do not carve birds. the feathers confuse me lol.

but i woodburn them sometimes.

thanks for showing us your wonderful work.

-- pat,ohio...

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Mark A. DeCou

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#6 posted 10-10-2006 06:55 PM

OspreyBait: this is sweeeeet work. I love bluebirds, and have several families that summer in my property, (or rather I live on their property), and so this project caught my eye. The little fellow looks real for sure. I have built and hung three bird houses for them, but they prefer their natural rotted limb holes. Each year I hope that one of the new generation will try my little houses, but so far after 5 years, no luck with that.

Please post some of your other birds, I am enthralled with your work.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Lori Corbett

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#7 posted 11-14-2006 07:28 PM

Hi Mark…I am SO SORRY about missing yout post! It’s been kind of crazy here, and I just haven’t been on line all that much.

Thank you so much for the compliment! I’ve tried hanging bluebird houses myself, with the same results you got…lol. But, there’s a really nice line of them the Bureau of Land Management put up not far from my house, so I know where to find them at least.

Looking over your web site….you do stunning work! It’s cool that you do so many different things, do them all beautifully, and maintain your “voice” throughout each genre.

I also see we have a few things in common, namely Harley’s and ‘Vettes. My Harley went to a good home last summer so we could buy a new fence…with the explicit promise that I get another to replace it….my hubby doesn’t ride and isn’t a fan of MCs in general. But we still have the 2 ‘Vettes, so my need for speed is still satisfied…grin.
And DIY came to my studio, too, in Sept. to shoot an episode of “Wood Sculpting”. I think it airs this coming March.

I haven’t carved for a few months, as I am doing some painted illustrations for my publisher in collaboration with another artist. It’s a four book reference series on birds of prey. I am itching to get back to my wood….

Thanks again for taking the time to look and to write. And please accept my apologies for the very late response!

-- "Jeez, Lori who were YOUR freakin' parents?" - Wendi R. (My Sis)

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#8 posted 12-01-2006 02:14 AM

Hi Lori,
Just out cruising here through some of the projects and noticed your carving of the bluebird. This is very nice work and yes I did spot the lady beetle.

I am quite fond of bluebirds and we get many of them here in NH, though they are of the Eastern species. We keep about eight to ten birdhouses on the land and have had some luck with bluebirds nesting in the houses. I have always been amused at the difference in bluebird holes, Easter bluebirds want a 1-1/2 inch hole while Western and Mountain Bluebirds prefer the 1-9/16 inch hole. Their happiness is all in that 1/16 inch. Another interesting fact about bluebirds is that you can open their boxes and monitor the welfare of the young ones.

Once again some very good woodworking and I can tell the wood agrees with you.

-- --frank, NH,

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Lori Corbett

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#9 posted 12-02-2006 03:22 AM

Pat, thank you! Well ,we have something in common…I’ve tried pyrography, and am a hopeless I’ll teach you if you teach me…hehehehe. I love what you are doing…

Frank…thank you, too. I’ve added you as a Buddy…I love your writing…

-- "Jeez, Lori who were YOUR freakin' parents?" - Wendi R. (My Sis)

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#10 posted 04-13-2007 12:46 PM

this is amazing. Every little detail—is amazing!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 04-26-2007 06:01 AM

This is one of my favorite things I’ve seen on here, that’s how much I love this, just beautiful. I have to ask, how do you make the feet they look so real?


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Lori Corbett

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#12 posted 04-26-2007 06:11 AM

Thank you Debbie and Diane!
Diane, the feet and legs are fabricated from small brass wire and epoxy putty. Each toe is then super glued in place, and a small amount of epoxy putty was used to hide the join and form the top of the foot.
The sage branch was made from brass rod, card stock for the leaves, and the texture of the “bark” was done with tinted modeling paste and gesso. The rock and bird are tupelo…

-- "Jeez, Lori who were YOUR freakin' parents?" - Wendi R. (My Sis)

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#13 posted 05-20-2008 08:27 AM

Outstanding work! Truely a pleasure to see. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 05-20-2008 12:04 PM

Very nice!

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#15 posted 11-15-2008 02:37 AM

beautiful piece with great detail.

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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