Whenever I teach a carving and painting seminar, I create a handout for the students that reinforces the hands-on instructions I provide. Of course, what I really hope is that my students will take the handouts home and use them to do birds on their own. The purpose is to keep people carving because, as I stress in every class, carving is fun!
Ah, the golden plover! This is one of my favorites This particular bird was inspired by an A. E. Crowell carving and I taught the seminar as part of the Ward World Championship in Ocean City, Maryland. We made the legs out of brass with copper toes glued to the base and filled the joints with Bondo. The joys of this class were three-fold. It was a homecoming of friends, we got to use oil paints, and I got to tag-team teach with my brother, Ross. Enjoy.