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Project by Allison posted 01-14-2008 01:10 PM 2113 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son and his soon to be bride along with my grandson bought a house up here where I live about a year and a half ago and as a house warming gift I made them this owl. So when I was there today( It was my grandson’s birthday )I decided to take pictures of it so that I could post it here. It is one of my favorite birds I have made so far. It was made with a lot of different hardwoods. I had lots of odd and ends of some real nice stuff when I first started doing the wood thing and I saved it just for a pattern like this. The main wing is a piece of purple heart which I might add is about the hardest wood I have ever cut. There is Black Walnut, Walnut, Pine, Oak, Red Maple, Maple and a few pieces of mystery wood. I used a piece of burnt wood I found in the after math of a house fire. I used the same thing for my Dragon , the one I call my hubby’s dragon.
When I was growing up my mother always told me that if you had an owl in your home it was good luck, and literally there was one in every room of our house, so I figured it can’t hurt and that’s why I chose this owl to be the project for my son’s first home. I got the pattern from Creative Woodworks and crafts.

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#1 posted 01-14-2008 01:39 PM

This is a real work of art.Thats quite the wood selection,the contrasts are great.I am sure they will treasure this always.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#2 posted 01-14-2008 01:40 PM

That is stunning. Very well executed. Great job.

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#3 posted 01-14-2008 02:09 PM

it is indeed very beautiful! Definitely one to be extremely proud of.
Well done, as always.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 01-14-2008 02:59 PM

Good job.

-- Jiri

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#5 posted 01-14-2008 04:15 PM

Amazing work, Allison!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 01-14-2008 04:38 PM

Really beautiful one, Allison.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 01-14-2008 05:10 PM

Very nice. Great contrasts.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 01-14-2008 06:20 PM

Another great one.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#9 posted 01-14-2008 08:21 PM

Allison, what a true beautiful work of art. You have managed to capture the soul of the animal as some of our other artists have, the first that comes to mind is Pat Sherman. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 01-15-2008 03:40 AM

Very beautiful – I took a look at some of your other projects – I really like the way you use the different woods to “color” your picture. What happens if you try to be am impressionist?

-- Marge, Colorado

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#12 posted 01-16-2008 03:29 PM

I’m so happy to see that someone else does intarsia, very nice work. You are right about the purpleheart,I once did a chopper and had to cut through an 1 1/4” thick of that stuff, it was not fun,but pretty

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#13 posted 02-18-2008 06:54 AM

WoW! did you draw that or buy the pattern? ether way it is beautiful! I love it!

-- ahhh, Woodworking...... What more is there to say?

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#14 posted 03-11-2008 01:04 PM

Beautiful Allison!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 03-12-2008 02:19 PM

Hi Allison,

Another gorgeous work and a wonderful use of scrap wood. I am glad that I did not miss this one.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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