Donna's Wren Project Finished

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Project by Donna Menke posted 12-08-2013 05:23 PM 5398 views 11 times favorited 56 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I feel like a Christmas elf. I have finally gotten all the pieces together to fill orders for the new ‘Making the Wren’ project. Blanks cut out, legs and eyes purchased, DVDs burned, 23-page bound, color booklets printed. . . check, check, check.
So if you (or someone you know) would like to learn how I make the Carolina Wren using 2 common gouges and a bench knife, (i.e.,no power carving), then check out my web site for more information, ,
and look here:
for excerpts from the 3 hour and 15 minute DVD.
I’ve attached a photo of the finished bird so you can see how nice it looks.
Greetings to all,
Donna Menke

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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Dave Dufour

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#1 posted 12-08-2013 05:29 PM

Just incredible workmanship.
You definitely have a gift.

-- Dave, from Canada,

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#2 posted 12-08-2013 05:37 PM

Great looking bird, now if you could just package the skill and ability you could make a million. Thank you
for your willingness to share your accomplishments.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 12-08-2013 05:48 PM

My goodness, that is really lifelike. You truly have a talent Donna.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Donna Menke

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#4 posted 12-08-2013 05:49 PM

That is the very reason why I make these videos and booklets. In person, I can (almost) guarantee that my students will do a good job, but I cannot reach everyone- though that would be fun! So this is the next-best thing- watching or reading about how I do it. I even carry the blanks kits so that those carvers who do not have the resources to make their own can still make a carved bird.
These pictures show one of my classes and the happy students. One of the finished birds is my go-by and I’m proud that the students did such a great job that it is hard to know which one is mine.
Thanks for the nice comments.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#5 posted 12-08-2013 06:19 PM

Donna—I thought I had stumbled across a taxidermy entry! The wren looks very lifelike that I thought I heard chirping when I clicked on the thumbnails. Very nice work and the students’ work is also well done.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#6 posted 12-08-2013 06:44 PM

Good work on this Donna, so realistic looks like it could fly away at any moment.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 12-08-2013 07:00 PM


-- I'm not creative, I'm just bad at copying

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#8 posted 12-08-2013 07:48 PM

Beautiful Donna. I great resource.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 12-08-2013 08:24 PM

Wow Donna… Those are FANTASTIC !!!!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#11 posted 12-08-2013 08:52 PM

It seems alive, is a marvel. Compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#12 posted 12-08-2013 08:52 PM

all I have to say is WOW!!

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#13 posted 12-08-2013 09:27 PM

That is Beautiful, It is so lifelike…

Just Unbelievable!!!

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#14 posted 12-08-2013 09:40 PM


Well done ! What a wonderful gift you have, congratulations for wanting to share those skills.

Keep on making your birds and many people happy!

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#15 posted 12-08-2013 09:41 PM

Donna, outstanding work. Very lifelike. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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