Wood Species: Basswood (Native Indiana)
Finish Used: Acrylic paints, Gloss Lacquer, Bees Wax
Tools Used: Bench Knife, Assorted Gouges, Power Carving Burs.
This project was found in the pages of Carving Magazine Issue#23. This pattern was modeled after the famous eagle carvings from John Haley Bellamy. John Bellamy’s lived in in the early 19th century and during his life in Maine, he created some amazing eagle carvings. You can see a sample of his carvings on Wikipedia.
The Bellamy styled eagle that I carved and pictured here was carved from two pieces of native Indiana basswood. The head and the wings are glued and screwed together. From wing tip to wing tip the carving measures 37 inches.
I finished the carving by painting with acrylic paints and them coated with Deft Lacquer. Once the Lacquer was fully dried I finished with bees wax and buffed with soft cotton rags.
Overall this carving was fun and very meaningful. It currently is displayed in our home along with military pictures of our fathers, brothers, son, and close friends.