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This was inspired by a photograph on the website of the National Galleries of Scotland - https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/48678/kestrel

The artist is Mary Syme Boyd - the carving was done in c.1936.

The simplicity of the piece and the sense of menace and power really struck me.

My version is about 10 inches high - I used American Walnut.

It took me ages.

Having gotten the rough shape, I stalled for a few months - anxious about where to start on the detail.  I was thrown by the tapering nature - it's like an hour glass.  Finally, I decided to start in the middle with the talons.  Once these were done, it was relatively plain sailing - the proportions all followed on from the feet!

Hope the photos come through ok.






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