A Strange Quartet

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Here are four strange birds that prove I do have a whimsical side. I often don’t know what result I’ll get when I first put my knife to a birch branch, but sometimes I end up with nameless birds like these. I hope they’ll bring a smile to your faces! Thanks for taking a peek!

-- John B.

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#1 posted 02-20-2013 01:29 PM

I like everyone of them. They are really cute. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 02-20-2013 02:05 PM

Those are great I’m sure kids would supply a few
Nice ti whittle

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 02-20-2013 03:04 PM

Very cool, and yes, very whimsical! :)

-- "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather, teach them to long for the sea." ~Antoine de Saint Exupery

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#4 posted 02-20-2013 03:19 PM

Neat little birds. Most of the time the wood will tell you what it wants to be. Some folks may call you crazy for saying this but it is true. Unlike projects made of boards when you whittle or turn just listen to the wood & it will tell you.

I’m like you in that when I put something on the lathe seldom do I have a preconceived notion of what will come out except if it will be a bowl or candle holder etc.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#5 posted 02-20-2013 05:38 PM

Pretty cool. You should make a video making one and put it on youtube.

-- Leonard H.

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#6 posted 02-20-2013 06:56 PM

I love these! You should be designing characters for Pixar.

-- “Don't yet rejoice in his defeat, you men! Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again.” —Bertolt Brecht

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#7 posted 02-20-2013 08:51 PM

Very cute.

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 02-21-2013 03:33 AM

Nice birds I like all of them…thanks for the smile

-- Cosmicturner

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#9 posted 02-21-2013 04:39 PM

Very adorable and cute birds! They just brightened my day. Thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 03-01-2013 03:13 PM

love them

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#11 posted 07-27-2013 01:37 AM

They are great. Can i buy a couple from you? I want to learn how to carve them.

-- Leonard H.

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#12 posted 07-29-2013 04:55 PM


Thanks for your comment. I learned how to whittle from Chris Lubkemann’s book “Whittling Twigs and Branches” and recommend that book if you’re interested. He goes into great detail with instructions for whittling roosters, and I just use my imagination to create birds other than roosters. I haven’t tried to sell these, but I’ll send you a couple if you like and you can pay me a little something if you like them. Just let me know where to send them. Thanks again.

-- John B.

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#13 posted 07-29-2013 05:04 PM

Hi John. Thanks for the info on the book. We don’t have a big variety of trees in FL.
Leonard Hesch 1563 Richards Dr. N.E. Palm Bay, FL 32905.
I really do appreciate so sending them. I’ll make sure i get something back to you.
Thanks Again.

-- Leonard H.

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#14 posted 08-06-2013 04:23 PM

Hi John. I received the birds. I really like them and will put them with my other carved and turned things. Are you married, kids, grankids?
I’ll get something in the mail to you soon. Where did you get your little name tags?

-- Leonard H.

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