American Gold Finch

Discussion in 'Arts and Literature' started by Gary Hendriksen, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. Gary Hendriksen Member

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    Patrick, Using Tupelo wood, it is alot softer than sugar pine.

    I am having trouble keeping this photos in proper order, but you get the idea of how things are coming along.
  2. Gary Hendriksen Member

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  3. GAT Active Member

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    Gary, I love your step by step photos. You are very talented. I can't wait to see the finished product. Are you entering any contests this year?
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  5. Richard Torres Active Member

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    Amazing job there Gary!
    I noticed the grain on the Tupelo wood is very coarse. Out of curiosity, would a finer grained wood give better results or is it tougher to carve?
  6. NewTyer1 Banned or Parked

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    You don't have it painted yet? How long does it take you start to finish on something like this?
  7. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Gary hasn't done the burning yet.
    jack
  8. GAT Active Member

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    You should see how long it takes him to complete a fish sculpture :D

    (inside joke with Gary)

    In his defense, he does own a business and does get side-tracked on other wood working projects.
  9. yuhina Tropical member

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    WOW!! NICE WORK! I am amazed by that many detailed steps! This is so cool! Thanks for sharing!
  10. Gary Hendriksen Member

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    Thanks everyone,
    Richard, Tupelo does have the gum lines that can be a pain, but for the most part it is the most popular carving wood. It carves easy and easy to wood burn.

    New Tyler, This bird was a class bird I carved last summer, it was Monday through Friday class and we did complete the carving during class....so about 40 hours into the carving. It will take another 30 + hours to do the painting and habitat.

    Jack is correct, I will post photos of the feather texturing and than wood burning soon.

    Gene, I am going to be interrupted on this painting as I have to finish another project for a show.

    Yuhina, Thank you, I am glad you are enjoying this

    I guess I will have to do a fish ...Huh Gene?
  11. GAT Active Member

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    Well yeah, a fish would be great -- but of course you know, I'll have to needle you to complete it if you start slacking off :)

    Is there another show this year in Vancouver, WA?
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  13. Mark Mercer Member

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    So cool!!!! I can't wait to see the rest of this. The SBS has been fun to follow. Thanks
  14. GAT Active Member

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    Oh Gary....... don't make me badger you again. So where's the rest of the bird photos?
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  16. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Nice little birdeee.
  17. GAT Active Member

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    Gary has this tendency to wonder off and work on other projects... he was showing a step by step for a fish sculpture on another site and it must have taken him a danged year to complete!

    I had to keep needling him to complete the thing... :D
  18. Gary Hendriksen Member

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    Gene knows me.... I've been working on 2 other projects, one of them is a minature chukar I just finished. I will post it up later. Here is the last of the carving photos. It is ready for paint. I see at least 3 other projects ahead of the Goldfinch painting so it might be awhile.[IMG][IMG][IMG][IMG][IMG]
  19. GAT Active Member

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    WOW! I hope you don't mess up the painting :D What are you doing for the legs?