Friday, November 18, 2011

Comfort Bird

When I saw the Comfort bird in Woodcarving Illustrated I had to carve one. I liked the idea because of the touching aspect. I carved mine out of butternut and cottonwood bark. I used a knife to carve it then a palm sander to smooth out the knife marks. On the bark I cut the tail at a bit of an angle so it would show the layers of the bark. Both these woods are easy to carve and it doesn't take long to finish the bird. The finish is a couple coats of clear satin and then some wax. They do have a good feel to them. The pattern in the magazine is a little off, so draw a line though the middle and copy the one side for the other side.




6 comments:

  1. Hi great carving ,I carved the bird figure that was the cut off of this bird and it makes a very interesting comfort bird(after bandsawing the bird out the two pieces make excellent forms to carve)---Don at Goodlife R V Mesa AZ (canadian snowbird)

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  2. How absolutely beautiful. I really really love it. Please let me know if I could buy one for a friend who lost her sister to cancer?

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    1. Thank you, go to view my complete profile and my e-mail is there. I would be happy to help you. Ed

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  3. Yes I have carved 31 comfort birds and given them away if you send me your address I would be happy to send you one___ don bell

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  4. Hi there - I would like to purchase six of your beautifully carved comfort birds. How shall I go about that? I live in Australia, and am happy to pay for the postage.

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    1. I 'm sure someone in Australia would carve them for you. I did post a pattern for the bird on July 2013. Your local wood would be an excellent choice for these birds. Good luck, Ed

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