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Carving North American Hummingbirds & Their Habitat

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Few birds present a carving challenge equal to that of the hummingbird. No bigger than an outstretched hand, the hummingbird sports iridescent coloring, tiny features and amazing ariel maneuvers - all adding to the carver's challenge.

Here, in their second book on hummingbirds for Fox Chapel Publishing, David Hamilton and Charles Solomon reveal the secrets to carving beautifully realistic hummingbirds. Inside ...

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Overview

Few birds present a carving challenge equal to that of the hummingbird. No bigger than an outstretched hand, the hummingbird sports iridescent coloring, tiny features and amazing ariel maneuvers - all adding to the carver's challenge.

Here, in their second book on hummingbirds for Fox Chapel Publishing, David Hamilton and Charles Solomon reveal the secrets to carving beautifully realistic hummingbirds. Inside you'll find:
- live bird photographs of the Anna's, Costa's, black-chinned and rufous hummingbirds
- measurement charts, lifesize patterns and paint mixing charts for all four hummingbird species
- complete step-by-step instructions for carving, texturing, burning and painting a Costa's hummingbird
- habitat information - including photographs of the live plant, patterns and paint schedules - for the trumpet vine, the penstemon and the prickly pear cactus
- step-by-step how-to information for creating a flowering penstemon vine in copper and a trumpet creeper in wood

Rise to the challenge of hummingbird carving and see how enjoyable hummingbird carving can be. All the information you need is right here at your fingertips in Carving North American Hummingbirds.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565231337
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,349,520
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (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

Introduction iv
Gallery 1
Chapter One: Hummingbirds 5
Costa's Hummingbird 8
Costa's Hummingbird Pattern 11
Anna's Hummingbird 13
Anna's Hummingbird Pattern 15
Black-Chinned Hummingbird 17
Black-Chinned Hummingbird Pattern 19
Rufous Hummingbird 21
Rufous Hummingbird Pattern 23
Chapter Two: Tools and Techniques 25
Tools 25
Techniques 29
Chapter Three: Carving and Painting a Costa's Hummingbird 31
Carving a Costa's Hummingbird 32
Painting a Costa's Hummingbird 45
Chapter Four: Habitat 51
Carving a Trumpet Vine 52
Trumpet Vine Pattern 53
Making a Penstemon Flower in Copper 61
Penstemon Pattern 63
Carving a Prickly Pear Cactus 74
Prickly Pear Cactus Pattern 76
Appendix A: Sources 78
Appendix B: References 79
About the Authors 80

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