Woodcarving Restoration and Repair Pictorial

Two of the bird woodcarvings sold at auction on April 5, 2014 had sustained damage that required serious
work. I had offered the new owners the option to get the bird woodcarvings repaired before they took them home, at no cost to them, as I always do with those customers who purchase my birds. So they both made the trip back home with me. All the repair work was completed today and so only the finishing, painting and cleaning work remains for tomorrow.

2005 Chickadee nest Repair

Soldered flattened copper wire loop anchor view inserted into body

 Epoxy "bark" exposed copper wire frame that forms the external branch which supports the Male Chickadee. This branch had to be removed to allow me to gain easier access to make the necessary modifications and repairs to reattach the Male Chickadee.
The exposed portion of copper wire shown is the point chosen to solder a new copper loop directly into the nest cavity to get a stronger attachment point.
 A view of the working zone and tools on the kitchen table.

 Photo of interior of nest enclosure showing new copper anchoring point covered in epoxy clay. Also, a new
guide restrict the drop rate of the box lid to prevent recurrence of breakage.
 Freshly reattached male Chickadee awaiting epoxy curing.
 A more clearer view of new interior anchor point and lid retainer. Female Chickadee has been permanently secured by wire inserts into body, instead of using acrylate, which failed to keep bird secure in the box as was originally intended.

Chickadee Nest awaits painting work


2006 Cardinal Woodcarving Pair

 Edge of tail damage repaired with epoxy clay.
 Female Cardinal crest loss repair is shown at right. Slivers of pine wood were inserted to extend the sections missing. Acrylate glue was then used to secure the wood slivers. Shaping them into form was achieved by pyrographic pen.
 View of feather extensions as the slivers of pine wood are applied and shaped.
 Also damaged were the thin copper sheet hand stamped leaves inserted into the wooden branch that supports the male Cardinal. These two leaves needed to be soldered at the proximal end towards the branch.

 Reinforcement to second leaf by soldering damaged edge of leaf.

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