Great horned owl

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Project by Andrek posted 05-28-2022 04:55 AM 539 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello there everybody.
It is been a while since I posted anything, so today is the day. This guy is a great horned owl, half size , so he stands 12 inches more or less. It is made from one solid piece of bass wood all carved with hand tools. The feathers on wings, back and tail are burned one by one with a pyrograph, the face and all the chest are carefuly finished with a rotary tool.
Everything stands on a left over piece of black walnut, the branch is a found piece after last winter in the garden, the leaves are made from tupelo wood made with a rotary tool,.
All of this is painted with acrylic ,by hand of course. the branch and the leaves are then varnish to prevent more decay and from breaking for the leaves, that I have tried to make as thin as possible. The feet and ’’claws’ are mounted on a steel wire then covered with epoxy wood paste , and then filled and sanded by hand. Feet are my fourth attempt it was’nt that easy and still not perfect but close to the scale for that bird.
So there he is, I will need to be more acurate on the painting but that is for the next one.
Feel free to comment, I pay a lot of attention to what is said, so the next one should be much better.

thank you all , have fun in your shop and please be careful.
p.s. while I was busy choosing a good spot in the garden to have the best light, he scared all the birds I’m feeding usualy in the garden, this is for the conversation.

-- andrek

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#1 posted 05-28-2022 05:05 AM

thats damn nice,and the fact that it scared other birds means you did a damn god job in your creation.

-- 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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#2 posted 05-28-2022 10:25 AM

Andrek, that is beautiful and very realistic. (Scaring the other birds in the garden, great job). The feathers are well done as is the face of this little guy. The mounting is wonderfully done.

I am familiar with you process, I watched my father carve many of decorative decoys, with the same processes. He did use a rotary tool with a flexible shaft and a foot pedel for the bulk of the shaping .

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#3 posted 05-28-2022 10:52 AM

Nicely done..the feathers are really great.

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#4 posted 05-28-2022 11:30 AM

Beautiful Owl,. A work od Art great job Andrek

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 05-28-2022 01:08 PM

Great work.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#6 posted 05-28-2022 03:52 PM

Totally amazing. The detail and life likeness is out of this world. I’ve got a photo I took of Great horned owl years ago
while scout for elk. Yours could be a perfect substitute for him. I wish I had some of your carving skills.

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#7 posted 05-28-2022 04:37 PM

you have captured the eyes of a GR8 OWL GREAT JOB :<)))))))

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

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#8 posted 05-28-2022 05:26 PM

Beautiful work!


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#9 posted 05-28-2022 06:21 PM

Masterfully done!
Fantastic attention to detail and thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 05-28-2022 07:06 PM

WOW..That sure is realistic! I can see why he scared all the other birds away.

I have a plastic one on the deck in Arizona just to scare away the doves!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 05-28-2022 10:49 PM

That is a Master Carver work! Detail is amazing, and base with leaves is really outstanding. Well done!



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#12 posted 05-29-2022 12:47 PM

Amazing work! So life-like with each detail in place. Thank you for sharing the details.

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#13 posted 05-29-2022 01:02 PM

Thar’s very nice!

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

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#14 posted 05-29-2022 04:40 PM

Talented work.

That would be good to place in a large window to keep other birds from flying into it. I just hate those splat marks on the glass…LOL

-- Les B, Oregon

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#15 posted 05-30-2022 09:52 AM

Thank you all for the nice words , it touches me a lot and I take those comments as encouragements more than compliments. I’ getting better each projects because of you guys, because I look and listen to everything that is beeing said here, and sometimes silence speaks louder,,,and deep inside , pushes my limits,

As usual, have a great day in your shop and play safe.

-- andrek

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