Carved walnut birb

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 03-21-2021 09:14 PM 855 views 1 time favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back, I read about comfort birds and thought that was a pretty neat idea. So the other day I grabbed a chunk of walnut about 2 inches square by 3 1/2inches long (50mm x 50mm x 85mm) and started cutting away everything that didn’t look like a birb.

I was hoping to have something nice right off the knife, but ended up sanding it with 80, 120 and 180 grit to make it feel better in the hand. Then I coated it with some tung oil cut 50-50 with mineral spirits. It probably needs another coat, but apparently it’s done enough that my sweetie decided it was hers.

Guess I’ll rummage through the scraps and see if I can find another. It’s kind of fun carving and I can carry a chunk of wood and a Morakniv Pro Precision around in my pocket and leave wood chips in various parking lots around town while we’re running errands.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 03-21-2021 09:22 PM

Nice work. I had to look to see what a birb was!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 03-21-2021 09:24 PM

Thanks, Don. It’s like a bird, but cuter. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 03-21-2021 09:35 PM

well thats the cutest birb ive seen dave.ha ha i knew what you meant.carving is something i dont think ill ever try,just not in my skill set plus now that im addicted to turning no time.i think your right,id give it another coat or two too enrich the color.

-- 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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#4 posted 03-21-2021 09:36 PM

Nice bird Dave. One of these days im gonna start carving. Had the same thing happen to me this weekend. Made myself a pen and my wife liked it better than the one I made her a couple of weeks ago. Guess i get to make another one

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#5 posted 03-21-2021 09:37 PM

Yeah, it is kinda cute

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 03-21-2021 09:40 PM

Now that’s a good looking birb!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#7 posted 03-21-2021 09:40 PM

Really sweet carving there Dave…I love the soft lines.

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#8 posted 03-21-2021 09:42 PM

That is a fine looking birb. So is it a girl birb or a boy birb? You need to make another one so you have a set of love birbs.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#9 posted 03-21-2021 09:42 PM

Thanks, Pottz. I didn’t really mean to start carving, but I threw a knife and a chunk of wood in the truck…

I’ll give it another coat once this one has cured. Maybe two more.

Thanks, Keebs. I figure this makes up (a little) for spending so much time out in the shop.

Thanks, Dick. I didn’t mean to make it so short and fat, but that’s the size scrap I grabbed, so there it is.

Thanks, Duck! Good to hear from you, buddy!

Thanks Tom, I do too. The comfort birds idea is something one can rub in the hands, and this seems to fit the bill.

Earl, I was never very good at chicken sexing. But yeah, there will be at least one or two more.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 03-21-2021 10:04 PM

A birb in the hand is worth two in the bush as someone once said. There is some talent there Dave, not many of us have the ability to work in 3D like that.

My uncle was a fantastic carver of wildlife, I’m always in awe of that ability 8^)

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#11 posted 03-21-2021 10:08 PM

That’s come up a treat Dave.
Well done sir

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

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#12 posted 03-21-2021 10:09 PM

Cool little project…
Looks like fun…
Well done…

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

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#13 posted 03-21-2021 10:20 PM

Very nice Dave, I like the fact you can take a small block and leave the chips around town. But you have some talent there.

My father carved wildlife years ago, decorative decoys, and he was very good. They looked real, but they needed to for the judging. I didn’t pick that part up, at least not yet. I did run out not one of his students and buddies a few months ago, maybe he can teach me a few tricks.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#14 posted 03-21-2021 10:23 PM

Nice, developing another woodworking skill, all the while providing indications of same while leaving “wood chips in various parking lots around town while we’re running errands.”
Keep up the good work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#15 posted 03-21-2021 10:29 PM

Neat little job DP...

... I grabbed a chunk of walnut…
... in my pocket and leave wood chips in various parking lots around town while we’re running errands.
- Dave Polaschek

Just watch out for,

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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