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Butternut Comfort Bird

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Project by DocHamm posted 02-12-2021 01:30 AM 1112 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a while since I last posted. Here is a Butternut comfort bird I hand-carved back in 2011. These birds are popular as they are quick and easy. This is my first Butternut piece and I loved carving it. Holds detail well and carves like basswood. A simple light coat of Deft sanding sealer and wax for a finish so it will be durable and soft in the hand. I hope to eventually make one in every wood species. Cheers!

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum





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swirt

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#1 posted 02-12-2021 02:24 AM

I had to google them. I didn’t realize they were a thing. It does look comfortable. I’ll have to give that a try sometime.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#2 posted 02-12-2021 12:58 PM

Looks like a neat little project. Added to my “when I need to try something different” list. I too, had to search. This article seemed to cover all the details for power-tool users. I’ll probably try to figure out a way to do it with tailless tools.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 02-12-2021 05:16 PM

I think it’s probably a little more work to create than you suggest. I bet you have a few hours making that. A lot of shaping and sanding. Nice work, looks great…..........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 02-12-2021 05:28 PM

I think it s probably a little more work to create than you suggest. I bet you have a few hours making that. A lot of shaping and sanding. Nice work, looks great…..........
- mtnwild

One of these takes me about 2 hours minus drying. Once you do the first one it gets easier and faster. I carve with hand tools, no power. Very little sanding. The only power thing I use is a blow dryer to speed up drying time between coats of Deft if I’m pressed for time to finish. I keep a shoebox of several cutouts ready. They are a nice travel carving project too.

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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#5 posted 02-12-2021 06:52 PM

Really! I’m surprised. Maybe when you try different woods, some very hard, that might change. I use the rotary tools because it takes so long with knives. Then the sanding alone takes me hours and I’m never satisfied with my work. Great fun, take care…Jack…...

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 02-12-2021 08:29 PM

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#7 posted 02-12-2021 11:21 PM

Really! I m surprised. Maybe when you try different woods, some very hard, that might change. I use the rotary tools because it takes so long with knives. Then the sanding alone takes me hours and I m never satisfied with my work. Great fun, take care…Jack…...
- mtnwild

I’ve done a few different kinds of wood and yes, some are harder and take longer. Basswood and butternut are easy but others like cedar, maple, and yellow heart were harder and took longer. I carve with a knife till very smooth and then sand, which takes very little by that point. No reason you can’t use a rotary tool but knives don’t create the dust so I can do it anywhere. I also can control the shaping more with the knife. It all depends on what your preference is. I like doing these little guys to relax and then giving them away. Always brings a smile to a person’s face and ultimately mine too. Enjoy!

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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#8 posted 02-12-2021 11:23 PM

Thanks, everyone for the kind words! Seems I’ve made the daily top three with this one. I appreciate that. I hope a few people out there give this a try and have as much fun as I did. Cheers!

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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#9 posted 02-13-2021 03:11 AM

That’s a really nice carving! I hope the people you give them to derive some comfort from them. I’ve seen projects in carving magazines where people make comfort birds to donate (or sell), and I’m not convinced that they could be made fast enough for a person to make a profit, if that was their intent. Then again, a lot of people carve WAY faster than I do, so there is that. Pretty sure that I couldn’t do one in less than 2 hours, and who would give me $100 for a comfort bird? That price would cause them too much stress, lol. As it is, my carvings pretty much sit in a pile in a cabinet in the garage “shop”, because there is no place to put them in the house.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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DocHamm

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#10 posted 02-13-2021 06:16 AM


That s a really nice carving! I hope the people you give them to derive some comfort from them. I ve seen projects in carving magazines where people make comfort birds to donate (or sell), and I m not convinced that they could be made fast enough for a person to make a profit, if that was their intent. Then again, a lot of people carve WAY faster than I do, so there is that. Pretty sure that I couldn t do one in less than 2 hours, and who would give me $100 for a comfort bird? That price would cause them too much stress, lol. As it is, my carvings pretty much sit in a pile in a cabinet in the garage “shop”, because there is no place to put them in the house.
- Dark_Lightning

Thanks, glad you like it. I hope they get comfort too. I don’t ask anything in return, I simply try to give them to those who seem in need or who are struggling, especially children. I stick them in a box as I make them then give them as situations arise. Sometimes the getting is in the giving and I’m content getting a smile.

A Corvette crazy friend keeps a couple hundred Hot Wheels Corvettes in his trunk. When he goes out, if he meets a child who likes his car, he gives them a Hot Wheel. He’s given away thousands. He enjoys it every time.

If you like the idea, start something of your own you can do. You might be surprised what karma brings you. ;)

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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