Mike Shalit world of woodcarving part 3: the study of wings and aviation

Mike's interest in birds of prey led him to think about how can he carve one, releasing its energy and grandeur out of a block of wood.

He chose the Bald Eagle as a test case and studied this magnificent bird's wing structure and feather arrangement.

After looking at a few wing configurations he made a preliminary template


Then he started to contemplate how to make the wings, and connect them to the body. Although he considered carving the wings from one block of wood, he ultimately made them from two pieces, one for the front and many individual small pieces that became the feathers.

Next time I will show the finished Eagle…..

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Yoav Liberman

About Yoav Liberman

Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.