My friend died.
It was a long time ago, probably 10 years or so.
And my dad was trying to comfort me. While he was a woodworker, the only way for him to express his feelings was through wood.
That is why he made a Comfort Bird for me.
He said to me, that this birdie will wash away the pain.
And he was right. I was holding the bird and thinking of Lily to come to better place, it made me feel better. At the times I feel sad, I hold the bird.
Our dog is feeling quite bad these days, maybe his days are ending, I don't know.
I can't give him the bird to hold, but I can comfort my son.
My hubby, my son and I were making a comfort bird. So he had his own birdie as I have.
- some wood, better take basswood, it's easy to work with. 4.9'' x 1.6'' would work well
- a knife (you can take a pocket knife, but it's better to get a good whittling knife)
- sand paper
- bird pattern
Or you can get all in one kit, I kno BeaverCraft does that, they provide all you need for bird carving in one box. It's for those lazy people as I am not to worry about finding all the supplies.
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Step 1: Cut Out Three Bird Patterns
You can draw them yourself, it's easy, just make sure to draw symmetrical lines.
Or you can get patterns in the starter carving kit from BeaverCraft.
It should be four sides, up, down, left and right one.
Better not to give this task to kids, otherwise the result could be a bit funny but not practical. It was my mistake at first.
Step 2: Glue the Pattern to Wood
Now all we need to do it's to glue the pattern to wood.
We took cheery for this bird project, as it has beautiful coloring after finish, but if you never tried carving before or did that just for a few times, then it's better to practice first on basswood.
Step 3: Cut Wood Following the Lines
You don't need special techniques for this. Just make sure to follow the lines.
In a few minutes your hands will be helping you out to work in the right positions.
Although if you're too afraid, then BeaverCraft has a detailed tutorial in a kit which can help you out.
Step 4: As a Passing Result You Should Get Such Bird
Take a minute for some rest and look at your bird.
There is some work to do, although it's already getting some nice look.
Step 5: Again Whittling Time, Carve Along the Lines
This time we work on the shape of the bird.
It's ok to give your kid a knife to proceed with carving. But wood carving is recommended for kids 12+ years old.
Step 6: Wood Carving Is Finished at This Point
Finish line. We are done with carving part. It's time to proceed to the next step.
Step 7: Now We're Going to Sand the Bird With 150 Grit Sandpaper
In order to remove all the rough sides. This will make the bird prepared for the flight
Step 8: After That Take 220&320 Grit Sandpaper
Step 9: Finish It With the Beeswax
Beeswax works the best for good finish.
Step 10: Finally. We Have a Birdie Ready to Fly
In the end you'll have such birdie on your table. While it could have a different coloring if you went with basswood instead of cherry which is highly recommended at the beginner stage.
Step 11: Enjoy Your Comfort Birdie
It took us three-four hours.
It can take you a bit longer if you never tried carving before.
But the whole process is easy and if you do it with your family it's really fun.
It's so good to put your life on hold and enjoy something real for a minute.
Wood carving works like relaxation while your attention is focused on real project that you are able to touch.
You can make anything out of the wood. And in the end feeling of achievement will please you a lot.
What's good about comfort bird?
It does comfort you.
It did comfort me myriad of times.
Hope you enjoyed my FIRST instructable. Sorry if there was anything inappropriate/boring/etc.
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