Owl from a fairy tale

Recently, more and more owners of private houses and country sites, tired of the ubiquitous plastic decorations, prefer to draw up their possessions in the ethnic, folk, and sometimes even the fabulous style. Such an environment allows adults to get rid of man-made stress and gives free rein to children's imagination, contributing to a full-fledged family vacation.
One of the main elements of the fairy-tale style is a garden sculpture made of wood. Finished products are quite expensive and are not always suitable for a particular site, but with a simple tool, desire, and a couple of evenings of free time, everyone can make a garden sculpture of wood with their own hands.
In our example, the fairytale character will be a wise and keen owl. With its easily recognizable features, the sculptural image of an owl looks spectacular on the veranda and in the middle of the garden.
It is convenient to use linden as a material. Wood that has lain in a dry place for at least six months with a minimum number of knots, cracks and other defects will do.
• To begin with, we saw off a workpiece 40–50 centimeters long and fasten it for convenience with a screw on a piece of plywood.
Owl from a fairy tale

• With the help of an ax and, if possible, a special disk on wood on angle grinders, we will form the outlines of the future sculpture.
Owl from a fairy tale

• Next is the study of small parts. You can pre-outline the main lines or rely on your own eye. Work should be sharply sharpened with a regular knife or a knife-jamb. It would be great if in the arsenal there will be one - two semicircular chisels. The tip is required to periodically edit on a leather belt with polishing paste. Extreme care must be taken to prevent injury. If possible, the instrument should be held with both hands, and the workpiece should be securely fixed on the table.
The approximate result of this stage is shown in the photo.
Owl from a fairy tale

• Now should take care of the finish. The resulting product is processed tinted protective structures, designed for operation outdoors. The color is better to pick closer to the natural.
Owl from a fairy tale

• In order to remove the raised pile and revitalize the plumage, lightly treat the product with fine grain sandpaper.
Owl from a fairy tale

• Sculpture thoroughly cleaned from grinding dust is covered with two layers of weather-resistant varnish.
Owl from a fairy tale

• When the lacquer is completely dry, the finishing touches are applied: fill the pupils with black paint, and cover the eye circumference itself with a luminous compound in the dark, for example, with a “glowworm” lacquer.
Owl from a fairy tale

Placing the resulting sculpture so that it was illuminated during the day, but it would not immediately catch the eye, it can be pretty surprising.

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