Birds of Jamaica Bay
On the morning of June 16th I noticed smoke coming from the "fishing shack" at Conch's Hole Point as I made my way to Head of Bay to fish. I brought my boat closer to investigate and came upon at least two, if not four, "urban explorers" that had obviously spent the night at the shack. Their canoes were pulled up on shore, and their fire was smoldering. Immediately I began to think of the fishing and hunting camp scenes painted by Winslow Homer, and I realized that what I was witnessing was about as close as one could get in the present day to the type of explorer/trapper that Homer painted. I tried to keep the scene contemporary, and if you look closely you will notice the Verrazano Bridge in the background, as well as distant buildings and possible utility poles from the neighborhood of Arverne on the Rockaway Peninsula.
This 3/8" stainless steel rod is screwed into a threaded insert within the plywood and supported by surrounding basswood approximately 1" thick.
A mock-up weighing about 10 pounds heavier than the sculpture is placed on the rod in order to test the cantilever, the strength of the wood and the joinery.
The next step is to continue to add detail to the wings and the rest of the bird, carving in feathers and filling any gaps with wood. Soon the sculpture will be fitted on the base and carving on the beak will begin.
Here is some rough documentation of this piece in progress as it progresses from maquette, to mock-up to finished carving.
In my next post I will update with images that show the progression of the carving.