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This is a John Bellamy style Eagle, influenced by Rick Bütz, WoodCarver,
with the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist insignia in its talons.
I started this project over two years ago and life and other projects kept it on the back burner.
Now that all of us are under House Arrest, I finally had some time to put into it.
Laminated bass wood power carved into the basic shape then hand carved the details.
As you can see, Bondo was also used in some places vs. common wood filler.
The military emblem is cast resin purchased off of E-Bay
and it was gilded with 12k brilliant white silver leaf.
This project, with the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist insignia, is dedicated to all the
enlisted sailors that serve or have served on surface warships in the U.S. Navy.
The plywood backing is temporary until my curfew is lifted and I can get over to the
wood store to purchase some nice mahogany and make a permanent plaque.
At the present, I don't have any plans for it after it is completely finished.
(it will be an awesome addition to a sailor's Man Cave).
Any questions on the project, please feel free to ask.

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and this is the project:
I started out with a laminated, roughly shaped, profile of the standard eagle.
the legs were put on separately so the grain would run
vertical. the rest of the bird, the grain runs horizontal.
I was afraid they would be easily broken if left horizontal.
there are two 1/4" wooden dowels in each leg joint.


some fine carving by these old arthritic hands is a challenge.


detailing some feathers - my least favorite part.


taking shape - you can see how the head of all the Bellamy Eagles
are put on separately and you can see the seam in just about all of them.
I used Bondo to smooth out this transition.

the head of a Bellamy Eagle is always fastened with the seam visible.
I really don't like that - so I used Bondo to make a clean transition of the joint.

Bondo ~ don't leave home without it !!!


Rifflers (wood rasps) used to blend in the Bondo patch.


you can carve Bondo with your common carving tools.


I didn't like the first carved face profile, so I removed it. (a little "plastic surgery").


added some Bondo to re-carve the face profile to be more accurate.


a slow process - but very rewarding !!


after the repairs and plastic surgery, I am more satisfied with the results.
several coats of standard automotive sanding primer was used.


after hours of fine tuning and sanding, it is beginning to take shape.


basic inexpensive acrylic paints and brushes were used - nothing fancy.


and here it is ~ the Eagle Flies !!!
paying tribute to all the U.S. Navy Enlisted Sailors
who serve or have served on surface warships.
S A L U T E !!!



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i love eagles and i really love this one,beautiful work john.
 

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Wow.
Incredible work.
 

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thanks for the flowers, guys !!
at least nobody has scoffed at my Harbor Freight bench….... (yet).



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why it's a pretty nice looking bench.your kinda dating yourself though with the phone john.the young guys here are probably wondering what the hell it is-lol.
 

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Really nice work John! Thank you for adding all the photos of your work great seeing those. Love the work bench also! I was at Harbor Freight today they have some good stuff too!
 

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Great looking project and I'm with woodshaver, thanks for the photos. Excellent job !!! Mel
 

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thanks guys !!
yeah, you can't text on the phone LOL
that phone was our first back in the early '50s and I am still
using the same number. when my parents passed, I asked
my two brothers if they wanted the number and they said no.
so I have it for myself for the past 15 or so years.
ok - on to the next projects !!
ya'll be safe out there.

John
 

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John, that totally amazing. You must have the patience of Job.
 

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a very beautiful Eagle John … makes me proud to be american … and thanks for your service GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

I REMEMBER them phone if rang 1 time was neighbor if 2 times other neighbor if 3 times you had to answer that one THANKS for the memories LOL
 

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Wow…that's next level work right there. Well done and a additional thumbs up for using Auto body filler on it.
 

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thanks guys !!
Bob - 2 years of procrastination does not relate to patience LOL.
(Tony C. silver leaf is just as easy to apply as gold).

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Thanks for the tip about the silver John!
I'm still waiting to get together with my son to give your suggestions a try.
Too many roadblocks and miles slowing us down.
Nice to see you posting again! Your Eagle is Awesome!
 
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