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Making Feet

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

By: Tom Baldwin

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.


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