Carved Alexandrine parrots

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Project by TJ65 posted 11-02-2020 08:15 AM 674 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These birds were a commissioned piece from an avid lover of Alexandrine parrots.
I wasn’t really happy with the end result of these, thankfully though the customer was.
One of the heads was too square, the other parrot had a curve where it shouldn’t have been.
I also tried to “carve” some wing feathers, as I thought the larger bird would look better with the detail carving. However, as I had used pine, it didn’t allow or take to the finer details easily.
I always do a layer of sanding sealer before painting and I sanded back some of the furry bits but still had some less than ideal areas, which resulted in the paint being noticeable in areas that it shouldn’t have been.
Sadly many little things went a bit askew with this project and I only noticed them at the end when totally finished.
Having said all this, they look ok from a distance, so maybe I am looking at them too closely!

As always, more photos on my Facebook page

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 11-02-2020 09:59 AM

They look so life like, beautiful presented Theresa….

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

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#2 posted 11-02-2020 10:54 AM

Wow !!! two more , you are a busy body for one thing. As for any woodworking project personaly I’m never fully happy with the end result, as long as it pleases the others , this is how we persist and progress. For the feathers effect try pyrography, you might love it , and bass wood for the ’’ little ’’ I know in far more better. Keep on making saw dust you have talents.

-- andrek

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#3 posted 11-02-2020 01:45 PM

Beautiful carving and painting job on those parrots!

cheers, Jim

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

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#4 posted 11-02-2020 01:46 PM

They look really well done. Thank you for sharing your project with us today, from Henrico County Virginia.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 11-02-2020 02:45 PM

I don’t know which is better, carving or painting!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 11-02-2020 07:44 PM

beautiful work once again,id be happy with those said were always our worst judge.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 11-02-2020 10:11 PM

Thanks guys, always strive for improvement.
I will try the pyrography technique I think. It was mentioned before but thought of it like dark paint not actually adding crevices when the burning process happens.
I literally had that epiphany moment after reading Andreks comment. So thanks for that.

-- Theresa,

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#8 posted 11-03-2020 12:37 AM

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#9 posted 11-03-2020 03:03 AM

Great work. I love the detail work, especially the vibrant colors.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 11-03-2020 11:51 AM

Very nice work, love the way you did the mount also.

As Andreks mentioned, basswood is great for carving and allows for those finer details that you are looking for.

As Potts mentioned, we are are worst cridict.

You did a great job, thanks for posting.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#11 posted 12-28-2020 04:05 PM

Love your carvings the colors are spot on! Nice work Theresa!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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