Red Cedar Cardinal

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Red Cedar Cardinal

Postby BillK » Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:09 pm

While walking the back 40 of my yard (actually the back 1/2 acre) looking for some firewood I spotted a fallen red cedar tree, only about 3" in diameter. I cut up a couple of logs from it and the amazing red color of the wood reminded me of a cardinal bird. So off to search for a good picture or drawing of a cardinal (the male which is red) and I found one and began Aspiring to greater things and taking a break from working on my bench.

The model came out really well I thought, from a drawing which I find better to use than photographs most times.

Here are the pictures, all made from one of the two logs I cut.
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model

card2.jpg
after carve and oil

card3.jpg
added stand, same log

card4.jpg

card5.jpg
the back

card6.jpg

Thanks for looking!
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Re: Red Cedar Cardinal

Postby highpockets » Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:31 am

Really nice work, very creative.
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Re: Red Cedar Cardinal

Postby sawmiller » Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:45 pm

excellent.
i saw up a lot of red cedar
woodmizer sawmill and joe's hybrid cnc, a good combination
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Re: Red Cedar Cardinal

Postby BillK » Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:24 pm

Thanks John and sawmiller.

There used to be more red cedar around here. My Grandfather made a few cedar chests and boxes out of it, but it’s now scarce in this area.
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Re: Red Cedar Cardinal

Postby scottp55 » Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:56 pm

Hmm.......Find a log and cut some off....Yep, I can do that.
Color reminds me of something to make out of it.....Check.
Even IF I had Aspire.....don't think I would have made a model within half a year...Nope.
Think to make the model to fit the "Cookie"....long stretch Maybe:)
To take it from cutting log to finish within days.....My hat is off to you Bill!!!! :)

Excellent placement of the nice model in the blank using the wood features!!
An inspired project....and truly takes the expression "It's all of a piece" to the true meaning :)

LOVE it when a craftsman makes a piece, and you can see they made it out of the same piece of wood!

Serendipitous plus sticktoitiveness!!
Well Done Bill!!!
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Re: Red Cedar Cardinal

Postby BillK » Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:02 pm

Scott, Thanks for your review, always appreciated.

Your work on the walnut branch owl, viewtopic.php?f=5&t=30933&hilit=Walnut+branch+owl, was very inspiring to me. To make better, more realistic models, is a goal. I use Aspire as a tool, just like a handplane. It takes a while to flatten the sole, to hone the edge of the iron just right, make sure the chip breaker edge is flat, adjust the lateral, and dial in the depth. So I think I'm still learning that with Aspire. It's a great tool.

I liked the way this came out. I wanted the natural look. I got lucky when that chunk broke off pretty cleanly on the upper left. Yes that cookie from the log fit nicely, but nicer after I touched it up a little with a spoke shave. The whole thing did go fast and flowed together. I needed a base, and turned around and saw that chunk left over. You know what they say about Cardinals, someone looking over my shoulder helping me out.

Thanks again!
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Re: Red Cedar Cardinal

Postby jimandi5000 » Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:59 pm

I have to say... I Love it. The wife is asking me, "When will she have one?"
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Re: Red Cedar Cardinal

Postby BillK » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:20 pm

Thanks Jim.

I added another coat on the cardinal and waxed the rest. Picture came out a little better this morning. Definitely a favorite of mine. Think I'll be carving this one again soon.
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