A pair of Rooks

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Project by TJ65 posted 07-03-2021 07:09 AM 688 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am extremely pleased with the outcome of these birds. Totally different to my other bird carvings and I think I have nailed it !

These rooks were ordered by Mrs Rooke, needless to say that I know why she asked me to carve a European bird and not an Australian bird.
They are of the same family as crows and Ravens so their feathers are quite large and noticeable. The birds were quite difficult to carve, as their feather configuration is quite different from other birds and I really had to get my head around that ! I
wanted to have some similarity to a Rook so I persisted and I am glad I did.
They have been carved from pine, painted with acrylic gouache and sealed with polyurethane.

They are approximately 15cm from beak to tail and the display is approximately 28×15 cm.
I have also hand burnt the name plate with the pyrography tool.

As always more photos on my Facebook page and this is a you tube video-

Pair of Rooks

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 07-03-2021 07:20 AM

Yes Theresa, You’ve done a top job on carving this pair of birds. Well done.

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

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#2 posted 07-03-2021 09:53 AM

Wow and wow !!! these are the best so far, one more step and they fly away, bravo

-- andrek

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#3 posted 07-03-2021 12:57 PM

Very nice carving there, and the mount is nicely done also. Great job, keep them coming.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#4 posted 07-03-2021 01:38 PM

WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I though you were showing a photo of some real birds on a branch. That is so realistic…You sure have the talent. Keep ‘em coming!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#5 posted 07-03-2021 02:42 PM

Really great! For me, birds are really challenging, but the feathers and everything look great on these. Your carving has really come a long way and you should be proud of all that you have accomplished!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#6 posted 07-03-2021 03:40 PM

my bird looks like preschool work apart from your very beautiful carving just as Jim said i thought they were real

GREAT JOB :<)))))

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

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#7 posted 07-03-2021 05:56 PM

I think you nailed it long ago, I’ve always been impressed with your carvings. Congrats on your DT3

-- John D, OP, KS

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#8 posted 07-03-2021 08:28 PM

Cool and realistic! Greta colouration!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 07-03-2021 09:18 PM

your work just keeps getting better with each post.beautiful job theresa.

-- 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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#10 posted 07-03-2021 09:26 PM

To think, all you’d have is a bare log when they fly away…. Great job TJ’.

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

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#11 posted 07-04-2021 12:41 AM

I would love to thank each one of you individually for your lovely encouraging comments. I am am definitely feeling the love !
And to think that it all started here on Lumberjocks many years ago with a simple carving tutorial.

With all the requests I have been asked to carve, I think these have been the most difficult. Just trying to get the correct feather configuration was hard. But once I figured that out, the rest was OK.

-- Theresa,

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#12 posted 07-04-2021 02:55 AM

Hekell and Jekell, That was a cartoon with two crows, when I was younger.Reminds me of them…

Very cool to see your work. Very natural in your way…

Great feather work, fun stuff…

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

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#13 posted 07-04-2021 04:09 AM

What a special skill- great job!

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#14 posted 07-05-2021 12:14 AM

Well done! The feathers look great!



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#15 posted 07-05-2021 01:57 AM

Way cool! Reminds me of the old Heckle and Jeckle cartoon from the ‘60s. Well done!

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

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