Bellamy Eagle

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Project by Overthehill posted 03-19-2021 11:31 PM 607 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve carved a number of Bellamy Eagles, 3 of them are at various Boy Scout Camps, and one at a Troop activity meeting place. I also carved an eagle for my son on his achieving Eagle Scout rank. All but the one displayed were of softer woods, and (of course) each has a history. The one uploaded is of Myrtle, and extremely dense and difficult to carve wood. The project is about 36” in length, .. and its eye is a knott (which I purposely oriented the carving to achieve!) It’s above the entrance to my den, but few actually notice it without out it being pointed out (most people don’t look up.) I have another Bellamy Eagle in my den which I will post later. Yes I’ve used others designs, but I really like the final result!

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#1 posted 03-19-2021 11:41 PM

That’s a beauty!

Good looking wood. Cool way the eye turned out.

Love the eagles, [birds].

That’s some great carving…

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

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#2 posted 03-20-2021 01:53 AM

Beautiful carving, and the knot worked out well. As you said most people don’t look up. If I see art in a house I will look around.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 03-20-2021 04:24 PM

Beautiful work! I like the way you were able to incorporate the knot!



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#4 posted 03-20-2021 10:19 PM

Very nicely done!

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

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#5 posted 03-21-2021 03:47 PM

Excellent work! When working from a two dimensional pattern how did you, in the beginning, determine how ‘high’ each piece was to be since the finished eagle is 3D? TIA This is a project I’ve always wanted to to do.

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

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#6 posted 03-21-2021 09:21 PM

I could say it’s a gift, and it probably is. It’s, at least, based on experience! My wife thinks (mostly) in two dimensions, and almost always knows which way is North and can’t get lost even in a very large building (I can (get lost.)) However I’m very good with contour maps and when running trails, backpacking or hiking I can very quickly determine my location, even without a GPS device. Go figure! I don’t know how to guide you, if that’s what you seek, other than to suggest start with carving “SIMPLE” 3D or “deep relief” objects in soft woods with little grain. If disappointed in the (intermediate) result, set it aside for a time (don’t push) and come back to it days (or weeks) later, and (in the interim) start another project. When you make a “mistake” see it as an “opportunity!” Most people, in my experience (and I’ve taught Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, kids and adults) don’t have the patience to persevere. Additionally .. “Success” should be your satisfaction, not influenced by “outsiders (even(especially) not) family). If the later, you will quickly loose interest, and drop further efforts.
Sorry to lecture, but I’ve experienced teachers, “artists” and so-called “professionals” who denigrate the efforts of others and there has to be a very warm place in Hell for them!

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