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One of my more neurotic creations. Years ago I got hold of a bunch of basswood eggs. These are different than wooden eggs made for sock darning, etc. Basswood is about the hardness of pine but with less pronounced grain. VERY good carving wood.

Lot of fellow carvers were carving faces/heads from these but I got started making animals. The carving had to clearly represent the animal while still giving the impression of an egg. I ended up doing maybe 60 different designs, some I really liked, some not so much. This one however is one of a kind. I never did another like it and never will. It was a taxation of my fine carving patience.

If you look closely you can see the bird sitting on the perch inside the cage. He has tiny black eyes, as you can also see. He does not have toes, I'm not that obsessive! 😮

DotLewis 7 Apr 27
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Fantastic work. I love to do woodcarving and have done several works myself, but nothing like this

zorialoki Level 8 May 6, 2018

Very very cool!


Wow! That is really amazing!!


Holy fuck! No intent offend meant, but that is literally what I spontaneously muttered to myself.

Rossy92 Level 8 Apr 29, 2018

Very nice indeed!!

Razorjelly Level 7 Apr 27, 2018



Love it! It reminds me of old Chinese ivory carving but I much prefer wood.

CeliaVL Level 7 Apr 27, 2018

Wow...that took a lot of careful work. I'm impressed!


Hi, I am Michael ? This carving took a lot of patience and craftiness. Nice artwork. I love folk art. I have sculpted a little bit... I made a Tikis Mask, and done some elaborate pumpkins for a restaurant for Halloween, ?. I think your bird cage/egg is terrific!!!


Basswood is one of the most popular woods for the carving of decorative decoys & similar wildlife carving. One of the best for carving in general! (Used to carve decorative & working decoys for a living & helped teach classes on it!)

phxbillcee Level 9 Apr 27, 2018

Btw, great demanding work there! Kudos!

@phxbillcee Where did you teach? Did you happen to ever get to the Mid-America Woodcarvers workshop in Nebraska? I went there for a number of years, then I taught there for 10 years. It was volunteer stuff, not paid teaching. Ton of fun though, it always filled up and capacity was right around 300 people. They still have the workshop every summer but I no longer have a pet sitter (I do rescue so have to many to board) so I haven't been for the last 9-10 years.

@DotLewis Elkton, MD, Chesapeake Bay area. Lot's of duck hunters & lovers out there. About 25 yrs ago or so. Did many shows in the area.


No toes, but that's some feat!

skado Level 8 Apr 27, 2018

Nice play on words!


Give that man a Cigar!!

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