Tuesday, March 6, 2018

New Wood Carving - The Northern Flicker Family

"The Northern Flicker Family"
Wood Carving/Mobile/Wind Chimes

Well, I finally finished my latest wood carving project..."The Northern Flicker Family".  I've been working on this wood carving/mobile/wind chimes on and off for about four months now.  The project evolved from being 3 indeterminate birds--to being Northern Flickers.  This bird is common in the Pacific Northwest and likes to live in suburban areas where there are lots of insects...it's main diet is beetles.  It can be heard in the early mornings...rat-tat-tat-ing loudly against the metal chimney on your roof.  When it does that, it's calling to its mate.  People who don't take an interest in birds assume it's a woodpecker.  But it is not.

When you look at the Northern Flicker sitting in a tree it is a very nondescript bird...brown feathers with black markings.  It's when it takes flight that you realize what a truly gorgeous bird it is.  The underside of its wings are feathered in neon orange...which flickers brightly as it flies off...hence the name "flicker".

My carved mobile is 30 cm in height and 30 cms in width.  The branch the birds are perched on is "found wood" gathered from the trail I walk daily with my dogs...probably wild cherry or cottonwood.  The birds are carved from yellow cedar which was locally milled and given to me free by a friend.  The wings and legs of the parent bird were carved separately from the body and attached with glue.  Strips of real copper were then glued to the underside of the wings to achieve the "flicker" effect.  I will be adding this post to my "Arts and Crafts" special page in due course.  Enjoy!

Northern Flicker Photo


Due to family commitments, I will be away from my computer for a few days.  While I am away, please enjoy the recent spate of posts I've published recently if you've not already done so.  And you can always check out my favourites blogroll for some very thought provoking reading.


RickB said...

Gorgeous!... the artwork. Thanks for sharing. The pic included in the post really tops off the post.

Anonymous said...

You could sell those
My mother would like it
She feeds the birds with all her bird feeders and actually thinks shes speaking to them
I say
They do not care
They eat and leave
I notice all your bird cages
She had a lovebird for a while and I can not think of the other types
I talk to the birds
I do there chirp and get them crazy or I hawk to the crows or the geese or the turkey
I have become undun
Quick,play that tune
I used to catch the geese by hand
I caught a baby for a group of kids waiting in a concert line for tickets and after giving it to them I said please release it back
I did not stick around to find out
I used to chase the big ones and let the parent geese chase me around to see what they could do
That was a blast
You could set up at a flea market or go to a tourist trap store and consighn them and have another income
Funny after watching that video and then all these youtube videos pop up after it is over and gives you a selection of a handful or so
One of the choices was your partner eating chips talking about his trip
I could profile my thoughts on him but
I will digress again and say that my parents always had a boat,i grew up always on boat in my teenage years
I showed him your post when you were on vacation and said to him
You never know who you gonna run into
I do not know his opinion on it
I have given him all you peoples thoughts but I am not sure he wants to get involved in it
They are very sociable people
The boat people
What a crowd
Our boat burned at sea
That is a story along with weirdness after that
That is a story
I think I digressed to far
Sell them online
At someones store on consighnment
Or the flea market
I have a flea market story about womans crafts that failed
booo hooo
Koooooool wood carvings
If it was a local bird
I bet she would like it]
She is in her seventies
She has hip replacement so the last few years
Not much boating
Her best friend is a jew
Since I was very young
She was always at our kitchen table chatting
All these years later
Still chatting
She is Italian
And I told them all about this stuff
She has a sailboat
I asked my dad
How come we never see the husband????
I said if he is a diehard jew
That would explain it
They never said
oh well
crow sound
rrrrrr rrrrrrr
flying high today
rrrrrr rrrrrr
crow sound
thank you for sharing

greencrow said...

Thanks RickB Yes the Northern Flicker is a spectacular bird. When you look closely, it is very muscular...especially in the legs and feet...When you think about the muscles per square inch compared in scale to human strength...the bird is much stronger.

And when you think about the impact on the head of all that rat-tat-tat-ing like a drumroll...humans would get a very bad concussion from similar activity!

greencrow said...

Hi Anonymous:

If I were younger I would sell my work. Now I am just making it as a legacy for my children and their children. My father always wanted me to be an artist...but I voted for financial security and got a job instead. Now I'm retired I can dabble in arts and crafts.

Re sailing and the boat. I am working on a project re my husband and his sailing partners' sail to Australia and back in the 70's. When it is ready, I plan to publish a chapter on the blog...about a 19 day storm they encountered in the South Pacific. All three sailors are contributing to the narrative and it's quite compelling.

Anonymous said...

The sea is a scary place
A short story
Our boat burned and sank
The boat we were with came back and got us right in time
Now we are all onboard there boat and continuing on 1 boat
Leaving the harbor in very choppy seas
A walk plank on a sailboat that was moored in harbor crashed through the window
I was just leaving the Head or John which ever word you choose for bathroom
I heard the yelling
I say now what
Come out and duck
The walking plank of other boat is in the cabin
I do not like going on the ocean anymore
That is my short story on trauma as a teen
Your partner has a lot going on in his head
I am sure they have a kool story
Love that ponytail
When my hair was long
I just let it fly in the wind
I wonder if those birds take steroids???
I noticed the muscle structure