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Looks like a fun project Mark, it really looks like the Hickorickius that roam around our forests. Fierce little buggers they are.
 

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I must've seen it in my dreams, Bob. For, truth be told, I've never visit your land.
And, yes Ivan, he is funny. He told me a joke just the other day.
A grasshopper walks into a bar. The grasshopper says, "Give me a drink."
The barkeep says, "You know, we have a drink that's names after you."
The grasshopper says, "You have a drink named Bob?"
 

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Cool Mark.
I'm glad the Grasshopper is called Bob.
Thanks for sharing.
 

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Nice. I see where it gets its name!!
cheers, Jim
 

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A big bird, but little. Cool. Nice glassy eyes.
 

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Cool looking bird Mark!
 

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Thanks, fellas. Those glossy eyes are those cheap little plastic "rhinestones" they sell at Michael's. If you touch them with sandpaper, they become pale, white pieces of plastic. (I mentioned that because I just know you're all eager to make birds now.) Hey. If one or two of you are, let's make a "Bird Blog".
 

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Awright now…. fess up! This thing started out to be a pear, didn't it? And after the gouge grabbed it and gave it a pretty good ding, it became a bird!

Cute lil fella !
 

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A hard case fun piece mark :)
Pete
 

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I think that I am with JoeinGa on this one.
 

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I would never turn a pear. I have no interest in turning fruit (except for fruitwood). I found a guy online somewhere who had a whole collection of different penguins. That inspired me to try a penguin. I realized that, with the wood I was turning, and without using paint, I couldn't make a bird in a tux. So, I chiseled a flat spot on either side and glued on two little blocks of mahogany for wings, stuck a piece of 3/16 dowel in the pencil sharpener, did a little carving, a little sticking, a little of this, a little of that, a wound up with a fat little bird with glossy eyes. Okay, it's a fat little pear-shaped bird.
 

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I just found out that Bird Opus 1 made the Top 3 yesterday. Good on me. I think that makes four things in about a month.
I have this to say about that: What, would someone please tell me, is the mechanism by which that happens? Meaning: Is it based on the number of views, the whims of the guy who runs LJs, or what. Should I be watching the mail for a check? Is it something that happens a lot when your new here and then doesn't happen again for years?
 
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