Another Winter Chill and Some New Birds

Happy Mother's Day to those who deserve the title and the sweet rewards. Having recently lost my MIL, with whom I really connected with and respected, it is a sad day, an emptiness remains never to be filled by anyone else. Only memories remain to comfort us who loved her.

Lots of rain last week precluded any attempt at pending renovation work, so I set foot into my woodcarving shop to explore the many half-done bird wood projects awaiting completion.  I selected 3 of which 2 needed at least 2 full days of work.  Now finished they only pend on proper bases/legs.

                                          American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) Summer
                                          plumage/breeding season.
                                         Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) Decoy form.

Both are carved from soft woods, with added heads and beaks for strength. Quality glass eyes, Jo Sonja's matte acrylics and a final coat of UV absorber complete the task.  The remaining wood block has been shaped and is ready for detailing, so I will soon add it in a new post.

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