Here is an idea. Woodcarvers of Northwest Arkansas is starting in January or February (weather permitting) a quarterly get together of area carving clubs. Woodcarvers of Northwest Arkansas will host the first one here in Rogers at our Foxfire building. It will consist of just carving, visiting, eating a chili lunch and visiting some more over a good cup of coffee. I will be in touch closer to the date (yet to be set) with clubs in Tulsa to Mountainhome to Springfield MO and all in between. If you are intrested in comming please send me an email and I will get you on the email list. After the first one we will be looking for volenteer clubs for the next 3. The idea is to visit with surrounding clubs and hopefully generate intrest at the local club level and recruit some new carvers. I visited with those who came to our show last week and got a great response. This would be a 9 to 4 get together on a Saturday and you can leave when you need to. 1/2 day or the whole shebang. I think it will be great fun visiting with area carvers, shareing tips and general story telling. Carvers are a great group, always willing to share their passon and I am sure stimulate interest in future carvers fror all the clubs around us. There would be no charge for the meeting and we would incurrage you to bring non carving friends (recruits) to share the fun.
Greatest Show on earth, Well almost!
Show was a fantastic success. Larger attendance than the last show. Some real special carvings and people. Excellent weather and a great place to have it. Good lighting and easy access. Had a great time and everyone enjoyed themselves. I have posted some of the pictures, when I get more time I will post more and give a list of some of the first place entrys. If you missed this show you really missed out on seeing some excellent carving. Some all the way from Washington state. Be sure and click on photo for larger image and caption at bottom. Click on again and it will advance to next picture in this set.
Here is another video of interest. This is an Eagle Owl in slow motion , note the motion and the suttle turning of the wings and tail and lastly the fluf on the wings just before the landing.
Here is another opportunity to see falcons in flight.
This video is a National Geographic presentation. It is a short YouTube one, but I think you will really enjoy it.
National Geographic Video of Peregrine Falcon's high velocity dive
In trying to understand birds in flight and portray them in a static carving, I like to do as much research as possible. Just a line drawing pattern does not do justice to depectiong the actual casrving in the round. Not being near falcon refuges and not having a high end telescope and camera it is hard to visualize the effect the turning of the wing has or the flair a set of feathers have. Now with all the internet acces we have we can now see this close up.
Enjoy the video.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might.