It’s not a matter of “whittling away” a few hours at Sievers, instead it’s about bringing to life a songbird from a block of basswood that has been shaped with just a hint of the bird waiting to fly out into your hands. In the first afternoon, the tail feathers, head and beak were formed. Another day and the features of a Goldfinch are all in place and body smoothed by careful sanding.
As always, the talents of the instructors and students make for a great sharing opportunity. Flying in for the studio visit, Jerry Landwehr’s own Goldfinch became the centerpiece of the carving table.
This week of sunshine is giving us more views of the trees as they continue to change. There are a lot more oranges and yellows and fewer bright reds this year, but no complaints here!
The birds might be getting ready to fly away, but we plan to stay and enjoy the fall colors as long as they last.