I’ll be thrilled one day if I ever convince a chickadee to eat from my hand. Until then, this little guy will have to do. I carved him from a small maple crook, and learned the difficulties of carving small. My hand always seemed to be in the way!
Still, it was worth it. Little guys like these are a fun way to make a bowl from a very small branch crook — and good for holding rings on a nightstand or maybe even something on a dining table like salt… or a grape! And I can picture several resting in the branches of a Christmas tree.
The photo above provides some more perspective. The little bird is sitting in a cherry bowl that will soon be donated for a local fundraising event. The cherry bowl is 19 inches long, while the bird is 4 1/2 inches long, 1 3/4″ wide, and 1 3/4″ high at the tail.
A little bird like this could be made from a straight bit of branch, but crooks often have some lovely figure like this (above). Also, the flow of the fibers of the crook allows for the tail to be delicately proportioned, yet strong, as it lifts up from the body.
For now, this guy might make a good decoy to give the chickadees confidence. I’m imagining a moment worthy of St. Francis or Ace Ventura.