Make a Vintage Shorebird Silhouette step-by-step and relieve some stress!
Are you feeling a little cooped up? Are you tired of watching reruns? OK! Put down the clicker, turn the TV off and get going on a simple and fun project, great for all ages!
Thanks to Wildfowl Carving Magazine and editor Tom Huntington, we are providing a link where you can follow step-by-step instructions and view photos on how to make a vintage shorebird silhouette.
This project is a collaborative effort developed by Robert Lund, past president of the Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association, and board member, Gary Joe Bryan, both of whom have been carving waterfowl for over 30 years.
Not all carving projects have to be long and difficult. Making vintage shorebird silhouettes is quick, easy, and fun. Gary Joe has designed many shorebird patterns over the years, and he is considered to be one of the best carvers in the world. Many of his carvings lend themselves to silhouettes that look like the shorebird decoys hunters used many years ago. He also shows how to create the "vintage" look.
This article "Vintage Silhouette Shorebirds" including the pattern, is from the Winter 2017 issue, (click here to view).
For more information on other carving and painting projects featured in Wildfowl Carving Magazine, click here to view their complete listing, starting from 1985. Many back issues are available for sale.
Learn by Watching Painting and Carving Skills
Listed below are links to how-to-videos and insightful references. At our annuual show, ODCCA hosts 22 painting/carving contests. Competitors from novice to open are welcome!
Ben Heinemann 2016 Carver of the year
Long-time ODCCA supporter, Ben attends our show. Be sure to check out Benhienemann.com
View video of Incredible Owl and Raptor Carvings by Al Jordan Al Jordan, licensed falconer, realistic bird sculptor of raptors, songbirds, shorebirds and more. Click here to visit his website to view his gallery, class schedules and his many reference materials for sale.
View video of Impressive Duck Carvings by Glenn McMurdo, Cobourg, Ontario. Glenn McMurdo's wife, Katherine, shows off some of Glenn's carvings and Glenn shares some of his impressive duck carvings!
MUST SEE New Video: "From the Marsh" available to view on youtube.com (click here).
George Kruth, "bird art."
Published on the Pat Godin website, on Jun 7, 2010. This video's focus is on airbrushing waterfowl carvings, George Kruth, an internationally known artist who concentrates his efforts on "bird" art, shows you how to use templates to create special effects and preserve the 3D shapes of your subjects under any lighting. Freehand methods to create broad blends and to soften lines where abrupt color changes occur. He also uses washes to tie elements together and crisp lines to define the softness and put them in focus.
Tips on making fish decoys
Fish Decoys: Folk Art Beneath the Ice
examined an art form rooted in the ancient tradition of spear fishing. Host Mark Greenig traveled to communities throughout the Minnesota lake country, talking with carvers young and old, hearing their stories, and learning about their craft.Published on Jul 29, 2016.
Producer/Editor: Tapio Kube
This Prairie Public Classic documentary was first aired in 2001.
Painting a Shorebird, 2013 ODCCA Show
Published on Apr 21, 2015Brad Falkinburg - Painting a Shorebird - 2013 Ohio Decoy Show.
Decoy Carving with Rich Smoker
Published on Jul 10, 2018 Maryland Traditions - Rich Smoker , Decoy carver, in Marion Station Maryland.
Goodbye to a Carving Legend
Published on May 1, 2017Local decoy carvers are mourning the loss of legendary carver Cigar Daisey. Find out how much the Chincoteague native means to the carving community.