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Nashville Style

Build your Nashville warbler a dogwood home.

By: Al Jordan
Nashville Style

Al Jordan lives in Rochester, New York, where he is a master falconer. He was the North American Shorebird Champion in 2008 and the IWCA Shorebird Champion in 2010. Al is also an instructor and judge and the author of Wildfowl Carving Magazine’s Half-Size Osprey workbench project.

After carving and painting the Nashville warbler, we need a place to mount him. I want to create a habitat that not only shows off the bird, but is also just as beautiful.

I chose a flowering dogwood. Its colors will work with the warbler, both in its contrasting and complementary colors. In this article I will largely concentrate on how I constructed the dogwood, and will only slightly touch on the painting. I will leave the majority of that to your own artistic license.

As you’ll see, this project involves a lot of basic soldering. I am by no means a jeweler or a metalsmith, and you will see that it’s possible to complete this project with basic skills and tools. 

Find Part 1 of the article here and Part 2 of the article here.



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