At the Indiana Artisan Marketplace I had a copy of Frank Chapman’s Bird-Life in my display. The book, an early informal color illustrated bird guide, features wonderful color plates by noted bird artist Louis Agassiz Fuente. The cover features a multi-color typeset image of an American Redstart. This print is quite striking.
I had carved a redstart, based on this illustration, that was offered for sale at the show. I was demonstrating carving and painting throughout the show. I was itching to do some metalwork and my eye fell on the redstart carving. I took the piece around the corner to my demonstration shop, cut and shaped a pair of wings from a lithographed tinplate cigar box and re-created the redstart.