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To John James Audubon, the hummingbird was "a glittering fragment of rainbow with motions so graceful as they are light and airy, pursuing its course and yielding new delights wherever it is seen."

Everyone loves to watch the flashing movements of hummingbirds as they hover around gardens. Now, in 70 pages and more than 200 color photographs and charts, this complete reference for bird lovers, woodcarvers and ...

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To John James Audubon, the hummingbird was "a glittering fragment of rainbow with motions so graceful as they are light and airy, pursuing its course and yielding new delights wherever it is seen."

Everyone loves to watch the flashing movements of hummingbirds as they hover around gardens. Now, in 70 pages and more than 200 color photographs and charts, this complete reference for bird lovers, woodcarvers and other artists will add to your understanding and appreciation of these beautiful birds.

Inside You'll Find:
- Interesting facts and information about a number of hummingbird species
- Specific information and color photographs of the ruby-throated hummingbird and the broad-tailed hummingbird
- Illustrations giving anatomical information such as wing position during hovering flight
- Drawings comparing structural characteristics of 15 hummingbird species
- Tool and supplies best suited for carving these delicate birds
- Patterns, color charts and complete step-by-step photos and instructions for carving and painting two hummingbird species-the ruby-throated hummingbird and the broad-tailed hummingbird
- Detailed instructions on creating habitat - including step-by-step photos and instructions for making a flowering morning-glory vine

Charles Solomon is a fish and wildlife biologist for the National Biological Service and an affiliate faculty member at Colorado State University. He has taught carving and competed nationally for over 10 years. The quality of his work is nationally recognized through 80 ribbons won at shows throughout North America.

David Hamilton is an ecologist by profession, working primarily in wetland management. He has carved and competed for the past eight years. In addition to hummingbirds, David also carves wading birds common to the wetland areas he studies. He has won numerous ribbons for his open-winged hummingbird carvings.

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Both books are giving me much more than I expected. I find the explanations , pictures, sketches and details absolutly precise and clear. I anticipate having a lot of pleasure carving those subjects.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565230644
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.08 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Chuck Solomon is a terrestrial ecologist and works primarily with endangered species in the Central Valley of California. He has been teaching carving classes and participating in carving competitions for over 15 years. He has won more than 100 ribbons at shows in Colorado, California, Alaska and Canada, including Best of Show and Best of Division. Chuck has also judged several shows in Colorado. His work consists primarily of songbirds, waterfowl and mammals, both realistic and interpretive.

Chuck currently lives in the Sacramento, California, area where he works, carves, teaches classes and is an active member of the Capital Woodcarvers Association and California Carvers Guild.

Dave Hamilton is an ecologist by profession, working primarily in the area of wetland ecology. He has been carving and competing in shows for almost 20 years. While Dave enjoys carving a variety of bird species, he specializes in hummingbirds and in the wading birds common to the wetlands he works on professionally. He also enjoys carving stylized pieces and reproductions of antique decoys. Dave lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he carves, teaches classes, and is a member of the Northern Colorado Woodcarvers.

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Table of Contents

Reference Photograph Section ii
Chapter One: Hummingbirds 1
Anatomy 5
Chapter Two: Tools and Supplies 6
Chapter Three: Perched Broad-Tail 10
Broad-Tailed Hummingbird Pattern 11
Carving a Broad-Tailed Hummingbird 12
Painting a Broad-Tailed Hummingbird 22
Chapter Four: Hovering Ruby-Throat 27
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Pattern 28
Carving a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird 29
Painting a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird 42
Chapter Five: Habitat 51
Making a Flowering Vine 54
References 62

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2001

    A great instruction manual

    Comprehensive and complete! Takes readers step-by-step through the carving of hummingbirds. Everything from carving to painting to habitat is covered in detail. Only the reliance on power carving stops a 5-star rating! Overall, a superb and recommende title!

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