Life size Bald Eagle - carving

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Project by Bob Morris posted 06-09-2006 05:21 PM 5369 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 15 years ago at a wood carving show I came accross a booth that was selling what amounted to blueprints for various animals and birds. Well I bought a print for a life size Bald Eagle. The print layed around the shop for the next 10 years, I’ed look at it and think about how much work it would be. Finally a few years ago I decided to do it. The carving took about 3 months, the wood burned feathers took about 3 years. I could only stand to burn feathers for 1 or 2 hours at a time. All in all I don’t think it’s to bad. The bird has thousands of feathers. It is carved from laminated bass wood, there are all thread rod running through the legs into the body for stability. All the primary feathers were burned and added separately into a narrow groove on the trailing edge of the wing. The rock base is also carved basswood.

-- Bob Morris, Ohio,

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#1 posted 06-09-2006 11:06 PM

One of them birds would look great on the top of one of my Extreme birdhouses that is beautiful work. i always loved eagles. very nice detail. john

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#2 posted 04-12-2007 04:42 AM

Wow Bob! That is some bird!

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#3 posted 04-12-2007 05:15 AM

Beautiful bird, burning all of them feathers, that takes some real patience.

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

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#4 posted 04-12-2007 05:42 AM

WOW, that is some bird.

What do you feed it? Isn’t it illeagel to own one? But I guess it is not illeagel becuse that would mean it was a sick bird.


-- Make Dust

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#5 posted 04-12-2007 06:03 AM

I’m in awe. I would never have the patience to complete something as big and wonderful as this.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 04-12-2007 01:00 PM

oh my….. 3 years. I can believe that. Look at all that detail in those wings.

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

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#7 posted 06-07-2007 06:09 PM

If that eagle was on top of the extreme birdhouse I think that it would be a vacant birdhouse!

-- John

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#8 posted 06-08-2007 05:09 AM

Quite the labor of love! 3 years! Very detailed work.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 06-08-2007 01:30 PM

it is definitely an amazing piece of art

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

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#10 posted 06-08-2007 03:02 PM

This belongs in a museum! Great job carving Bob.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#11 posted 01-12-2008 01:11 AM

Great carving and painting job!

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

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#12 posted 01-20-2008 05:44 AM

Just amazing!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#13 posted 01-20-2008 11:25 AM

Man, that is beyond nice. Well done!

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#14 posted 12-08-2009 04:32 PM

well done, congrats

-- Ron Sanchez

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#15 posted 12-08-2009 04:35 PM

I have never been that close to a bald eagle.I think this is beautiful work you deserve a round of applause well done.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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