Bellamy eagle

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Project by bbrown posted 07-27-2019 01:46 AM 540 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Carved eagle based on a carving by John Haly Bellamy, Kittery, Maine 1870.
4 feet x 4 feet; basswood (Apologies that 2 of the photos uploaded sideways – not sure why b/c originals were OK and I cannot see any way to rotate them with LJ editing)

-- Traditional Woodworking & Carving classes at my shop in Coastal Maine:

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#1 posted 07-27-2019 02:12 AM

Nice job Bill. I carved a few Bellamy Eagles and they take some time and the painting too.

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#2 posted 07-27-2019 03:39 AM

Really beautiful. I wish I could see this up to something for scale…very impressive.

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#3 posted 07-27-2019 11:29 AM

Outstanding! Deserves to be in the White House!

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#4 posted 07-27-2019 01:04 PM

as usual, very nicely done !!
what kind of wood did you use ?


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#5 posted 07-27-2019 02:53 PM

My mind always goes to how a project was done. Tell us a little, Bill, about prepaaring the blank, tools used, etc.

Thanks and Congratulations on a beautiful Bellamy Eagle!

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#6 posted 07-28-2019 02:19 AM

Wow. Simply incredible work.

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#7 posted 07-28-2019 05:13 PM

John, thanks for straightening out the photos! How did you do that? Can I still manage it for the header of this thread?

The wood is basswood.

Roughing out is done with windsor chair tools mostly: drawknife, scorp, spokeshaves, compass planes, gutter adze at times.

Carving is next step – feathers, flag folds, etc.

Sanding takes forever and I’m working on a better nmethod than jjust hand sanding but not ther yet.

Painting: Prime with Zinsser water base or shellac base. Scuff sand to smooth with scotch brite pad. —> Gold leaf next Occ I’ll use a burnish sealer or just yellow, red, or gold paint under the gold leaf to hide areas missed (“holidays”). Gold leafing (gilding) starts with Gesso which is just varnish glue: I use the slow dry which sets up in about 10-12 hours —-> apply gold leaf.

Lastly, I paint the rest of the eagle with cheapo Walmart hobby paints. takes 2-3 coats. I like water base paints – so much easier to clean up. There are much higher quality paints and I need to experiment since doing three coats of ecah colour is very time-consuming and fussy.

Total hours on this eagle = about 150


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#8 posted 09-09-2019 01:25 AM

Absolutely gorgeous!


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