Australian Barn Owl

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Project by TJ65 posted 10-27-2020 09:39 AM 514 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Australian Barn Owls
First attempt at carving and painting these owls.
They are soooo very different from other birds and hard to get my head around each part of the process.
The carving was difficult, especially when I am only using photos I find online. It was difficult to get to see all the angles I needed.

As usual more work in progress photos are on my Facebook page
Theresa’s Treasures at Derrymore-

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 10-27-2020 09:53 AM

Gorgeous work, so life like!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 10-27-2020 11:29 AM

Bravo, very well done , cute little guys, if I may suggest there are some great pics of owls on pinterest. Now you know one of my secret. keep on the nice work. And yes they are very different as birds,

-- andrek

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#3 posted 10-27-2020 12:18 PM

Beautiful work Theresa, both the carving and the painting. How tall are they?

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#4 posted 10-27-2020 01:41 PM

Very nice work! I don’t think many people understand how hard carving and sculpting can actually be.

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#5 posted 10-27-2020 02:43 PM

Sweeeeeet, good job.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#6 posted 10-27-2020 03:11 PM

these look very realistic GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#7 posted 10-27-2020 05:11 PM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#8 posted 10-27-2020 07:01 PM

Amaizing, this is alive, you just made a photo!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 10-27-2020 07:28 PM

WOW..that is a beautiful carving job. They do look alive. You sure have a lot of talent to be able to do that!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 10-27-2020 11:31 PM

Very well done, very life like. If there is compitive shows, you should enter your work.

My dad did decorative carvings, he used a wood burning tool to get the vanes in the feathers. just a FYI.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#11 posted 10-28-2020 12:15 AM

Beautiful carving!
Great job on the painting too.
Thanks for sharing.

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#12 posted 10-28-2020 02:34 AM

Thanks guys !

Andrek- never thought of Pinterest, thanks. You can never have enough reference material.

Drogsod- the small one is approximately 11cm high. The other is a fraction taller but that us the one the customer bought so I can’t measure it.

Eric- Thanks for the tip. I have seen that done but haven’t used it….yet!

I do know now, why some of the experienced carvers make a model of their subjects first. I really think I might have to start doing that instead of carving a test one first. You would get to know your subject before the carving takes place.
And you would make all the errors in clay instead of wood.

-- Theresa,

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#13 posted 10-28-2020 03:45 PM

Absolutely fantastic!

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#14 posted 10-29-2020 03:53 PM

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