A lady was interested in my woodcarvings, and wanted to know if I could carve an eagle.
When I said yes, it occurred to me that I knew very little about my subject.
So after looking at photos, reading about the different species, my task began.
First I bought some books, that master carvers had published. Studied them,
and started looking into the pose I wanted.
After the look I wanted, next came the wood walnut is my favorite, however it’s
expensive and did not want to make a mistake with my first attempt.
So I decided on bass wood, it’s a nice carving wood, and holds detail well.
To get started I put the profile on the wood, then took a bandsaw and removed the
excess wood. This gave me what is called a cutout. Then marked the center line, and
started with my knife and chisels to take away everything that was not the eagle.
Wow, the eagle was taking shape. Had to keep taking a little off here, and there.
Then I put some glass eyes in the head, and started sanding, and detailing the feathers
with my knife, and then the wood burning came next.
When It was like I wanted it, then the paint.
My first eagle was complete!!