Hand-carved Bellamy Eagle

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Project by PittsburghTim posted 06-13-2015 12:48 AM 1235 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hand-carved with traditional tools from basswood. Painted with craft and artist acrylics. This is the first carving that I have completely finished. It’s about 24” wide and 8” tall.

I have always loved these patriotic-themed carvings. I hope to start on another carving tomorrow. The carving can be addictive in that once you start to see the subject come out of the wood, you can’t wait to see more and more detail. I can carve for hours without checking the time or getting tired. It’s clean and quiet work and a good way to get away from the fast-paced world. I am building up to scale model of a ship’s figurehead.

Thanks for looking,


-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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#1 posted 06-13-2015 01:31 AM

Very nicely done, great job. I have that, among a million other things, on my bucket list. They are so much a piece of our historical past and a great item to have in your home. How many hours did you spend on the carving portion?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 06-13-2015 11:42 AM

Thanks, Ron. I’d guess 20-24 hours. I’m sure it would be less if I were more experienced. I’ve only carved a few smaller items so far. The next time I may do all of the roughing out with a grinder and a carbide cutter like a Holey Galahad.

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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#3 posted 06-13-2015 03:40 PM

Wow! Nothing like the red, white, and blue and the fourth is coming up right around the corner. This is a real nice piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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