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Swimming Penguin

_MG_0211Swimming Penguin – 17″l x 9″w x 9 1/4″ t – White Pine, Leather, Found Wood, Steel, Composite Croquet Ball – Available Email Here.

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The Pull-Toy Series No. 11 – The Begging Dachshund

White Pine, Found Wood, Steel, Pewter, Glass, Leather and Copper

13″l x 17″t x6″w

Automated pull toy – dog waves its paws when pulled.

$724

Available Here.

 

 

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More Baltimore Orioles

Available here.

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I’m spending the day at a hospital waiting room. My wife is undergoing a series of surgeries to restore sight to her left eye. Today’s round should be the last. When we began this, in November, she had no sight in that eye and the doctor offered no prognosis. We are now optimistic that full vision will be restored.

I expected to pass the time updating this blog, but I cannot seem to log onto the hospital wifi with the laptop. I’ve no problem with the phone linking up to wifi. (Though the phone signal is blocked.)

So here’s a quick update from my phone.

•. Welcome to all of the folks that have discovered 50 Little Birds via the March issue of Country Living. I’ve had a lot of emails and blog hits from these folks and have enjoyed the new interest. Yesterday was this blocks second busiest day with over 200 hits!

•. I just found out that my new skin-on-frame cardinal, “Cardinals are Big in Indiana” will hang at “Stick a Bird on It”, a show opening at Indianapolis’ Harrison Center for the Arts beginning March 2. Two other pieces, a murder of crowd and a box if chickens, will also be displayed through the end March.

•. I will be hanging, the “Bird Show” with Bruce Neckar at Bear’s Mill in Greenville, OH opening on May 25. The popular show was at Indianapolis’ Big Hat Books last spring.

•. Taking a cue from the metal wings on my skin-on-frame cardinal I’m experimenting with carved birds in flight with metal wings and tail. The prototype, a red-winged blackbird is pictured here.

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Indiana Artisan and
Indiana Landmarks presents…

WHAT:

DECEMBER FIRST FRIDAY

WHERE:

Indiana Landmarks Center
1201 N. Central Avenue
Indianapolis, IN

WHEN:

Friday, December 2, 2011
6 to 9 pm EST

ADMISSION:

FREE

Join Indiana Artisan at Indiana Landmarks as they partner for First Friday.

This holiday event will feature the foods and art of 26 Indiana Artisans in the gallery of the beautifully restored Indiana Landmarks Center in Indianapolis’ Old Northside neighborhood. Indiana Artisan participants will be selling their work, which make great gifts. See what the Hoosier state’s highest-quality Artisans have to offer. Admission, of course, is FREE. A list of the 26 participating Artisans, coming from 15 Indiana counties, is at www.IndianaArtisan.org

Questions: Contact Eric Freeman at (317) 607-8715 or Eric@IndianaArtisan.org

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And Now For Something Completely Different

Since I began carving little birds, nearly three years ago, I haven’t carved anything but birds.  I’d carve an occasional narwhal (five or six) but mostly birds.

Last weekend I stumbled across a diagram and instructions to make a automated alligator pull toy.  It was reprinted from a c. 1920s how-to book for boys.  (This is my favorite book genre.  I’ve got a dozen, or so, ranging from the 1900s to the 1960s.  I’m not sure why it made an impression on me.

Over the next few days my notebooks and journals were filled with alligator drawings.  Early last week I sat at my bench and carved an alligator.  I wasn’t sure how I felt about it .  I put it aside and had no plans to revisit the project anytime soon.

I was home, sick, on Friday and alligator thoughts began creeping into my head again.  Saturday morning I was back at my bench and moving forward.  The result are pictured here.

All of my work is inspired by a personal experience.  I was well into carving. In fact I was setting the eyes when I remembered a youthful fascination with an particular alligator.   Boyhood chum, Charlie Ormiston, has a real stuffed baby alligator on his bedroom dresser.  I seem to remember that kids regularly brought these back from Florida.  It had black glass eyes and a wire running through its tail.  It was stitched from chin to tail with big brown stitches.  I could see Charlie’s stuffed ‘gator, clear as a bell, as worked on this guy.

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Brown Leghorn Chcickens

Brown Leghorn Chickens

Belted Kingfisher

Barn Owl

Barn Owl

Red Winged Blackbird

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