Bufflehead Hen, Part Two

In the second part of this three-part series, Glenn A. McMurdo textures his carving.

By: Glenn A. McMurdo
Photography by Glenn A McMurdo

When texturing feathers it is important not to burn too deeply. I turn down the heat on my burner until I can burn to the color of medium-to-light toasted white bread. When burning, it is also important to use soft, flowing s-curves to give a soft look to the feathers. Yes, it is important to burn as many lines per inch as you can, but it’s more important to keep the burn lines parallel to each other. Criss-crossing just makes a mess that will be especially visible after painting. This goes for all the feathers throughout the carving.

Read the rest of this article in Wildfowl Carving Magazine’s Fall 2014 issue!


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