Fan birds

Fan birds

This year (2011) I began making fan birds after seeing Glen Van Antwerp demonstrate the craft on Roy Underhill’s  The Woodwrights Shop.

I had to experiment with different woods since the traditional wood used for fan carving, white cedar, is not available in northeast Kansas. We have lots of red cedar growing everywhere, but my experiments with it were not successful.

So far, I’ve had consistent  success with hackberry, which in some ways is similar to ash. Hackberry is a wood that I’ve had guite a lot of experience with, since I used to make certain chair parts from it. It splits and bends well, which are the most important qualities to look for in fan carving wood.


Fan birds Hanging

Fan birds Hanging


2 Responses to Making Fan Birds

  1. Diana Douglas says:

    I love the fan birds – they are gorgeous. I can imagine how beautiful your cabin in the woods is with the lovely furniture and birds.

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