A Small Eagle – A flashback Friday presentation from 2018

This eagle is barely eleven inches wide, not my smallest, but diminutive none the less. It's a good miniature project for a woodcarver. Pine is great wood, but fine detail in small sizes are not its strong suit. Would this pop out at you in cherry, plum or box? Sure, but my objective was to do what was possible with a butt end from a #3 common plank. A piece of kindling in other words. Why, just because it was the middle of summer and I needed something to do while larger projects developed.

A long game

Wood swells and shrinks with humidity despite careful construction, drying, and sealing. We call this movement, and most commonly, we see it across the width of a plank or piece of wood. This is why you sometimes see splits in panels of wood. Wood remains a living item despite being cut, resawn, planed, shaped, and coated.

The Imp

The imp sat on my shoulder yesterday as I shaped the hollows on an eagle's wing. We had visited Mystic Seaport the previous week, and I had spotted some carving on a transom that I'd never successfully modeled in three dimensions. Something about how to carve it had always eluded me.


I entered my shop this morning to smell linseed oil, varnish, and wood shavings.

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I am being careful and trying hard not to distract myself from the important stuff.

the summer shop

AUTION: this post contains a photo of a shop with actual sawdust, woodchips, and shavings. It does not have a router table or a table saw. This extreme realism may trigger subscribers to woodworking magazines!

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