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Turning segmented birds

My latest youtube video shows how I turn my segmented birds. This certainly wasn’t my idea, I found pictures of this online while researching project ideas.

I immediately fell in love with these little creations and found they’re a great way of using up scraps. The idea is to glue up a blank where the sides and top are of a contrasting wood to the main body. The main body blank should be around twice the thickness of the side/wing pieces. This will ensure that most of the material being turned away while shaping is taken away from the wing parts. It can be a bit hard to imagine what the end product is going to look like, so I will demonstrate with a few diagrams.

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For the birds

I was looking for a small project that might be appreciated by the market public. It had to be something rather small and relatively quick to make. So I went browsing in my inspiration folder (yes I am too old school for Pinterest) and found some images of segmented penguins.

From my pen making I have a lot small pieces of wood, some of them beautifully colored exotic wood I just can’t bring myself to throw away. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to use it.

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