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Making Feet

Birds gotta fly--but sometimes they need to stand, too.

By: Tom Baldwin
Updated July 09, 2019

Adapted from Three Bird Carving Projects: Power Carving Instructions for the Beginner by Tom Baldwin
© 2018 by Ampry Publishing, LLC

When picking a good songbird to demonstrate carving techniques, I chose the Eastern bluebird. I picked this bird because its size and shape are typical of many birds. Other species may have longer wings or tail, a curved beak, or unique characteristics, but the bluebird provides a good example of the common bird. It’s certainly a great place to start.

Not all bird carvings need feet—but when they do, you want to get them looking right. This article demonstrates an easier method for making feet for the bluebird. Some carvers use soldering techniques and even welding, but I feel that would be a difficult way to introduce you to making bird feet. The process shown here requires fewer tools, too.

Instructions:

For most of his life, Tom Baldwin has been a self-employed artist, and he took up carving after he was introduced to the art form during a vacation on Chincoteague Island in 1987. Since then he has won numerous best of shows at local, state, national, and international competitions, and second best in the world in interpretive at the Ward World Championship in Ocean City, Maryland. He is a contributing writer for Wildfowl Carving Magazine and has written six articles to date. Tom lives with his wife, Barbara, and their two dogs in Akron, Ohio.

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