Blue Jay Pair – Nos. 77 and 78
Blue Jay Pair Nos. 77 & &8
I had a long dry spell last summer when I never saw a blue jay. I heard them from my yard, I heard them on walks in the field. I knew they were around, but never could spot one. A birding buddy suggested that I put peanuts at my feeder. This spring they discovered the peanuts and I see them daily.
They are amazingly beautiful and real characters. Whenever I hear their call I’m thrown back to memories of my grandparents’ backyard in suburban Philadelphia.
Blue Jay Pair
5″l x 6″w x 6 1/2″t
White Pine, Steel, Sycamore Twig and Cherry
Numbers 77 & 78
Signed: GB Davis, Noblesville, May 2010
Label: 50 Little Birds for Blue Stone Folk School, 77 & 78, GB Davis, Noblesville
Note: The eyes have been repainted and distressed since the photograph was taken. The are now blackish.
Each of the 50 little birds is designed and carved using traditional hand tools. A specialized finish technique involves up to 20 different steps using traditional methods and materials to achieve a finish that not only looks old, but exhibits complex and subtle colors and textures. A visiting artist once offered that the birds beg to be held in the hand and rubbed.
50 Little Birds is a project begun early in 2009 in order to fund technology and construction costs at Blue Stone Folk School, a traditional arts program in Noblesville, IN. As of November of 2009 over $1500 has been raised for the school. Every dollar of sales of birds numbered 1-50 goes towards the Folk School. 10% of birds numbered over 50 benefit the school. For more information about Blue Stone Folk School and 50 Little birds visit http://www.bluestonefolkschool.wordpress.com.