Isn’t this just so cool!
Tuesday June 08th 2010, 11:06 pm
Filed under: Friends,Non-Knitting

Here are Glenn Nevill’s photographs, the whole scene starting at picture two taking place in one second’s time, of lunch delivery of the San Francisco falcons. Eat and run!

Meantime, one of my fellow falcon enthusiasts came over today.  I was hoping the Cooper’s hawk would make an appearance for her, but no such luck, although she did enjoy the show the birdfeeder put on.

Hilary’s the one I was looking for Edgar for.  I never did find him, but I did find some good roving to share.  She’s into needlefelting–and her work is so exquisite I wanted to run show it to my parents, especially my dad the art dealer, and exclaim, Isn’t this just so cool!

Because she came with a surprise.

She had had to trim the body down a bit, she told me, because the feet weren’t supporting it.  (It looks perfect to me!)  She’d had the proportions just so the first time.

I’ve done a very little bit of felting, but I’ve never tried anything remotely like this. You’d have to be able to visualize what you want and then know just how to make it come out like that, not to mention doing all that actual work.  It takes the eye of an artist.  My pictures didn’t quite capture it, but she got it just so right down to the toenails.

I am reminded of Sandra Boynton’s lesson on how to mold chocolate bunnies: “Take one block of chocolate, 4x4x7 feet.  Chip away all pieces that do not contribute to an overall impression of rabbitittity.” Uh, yeah.

I am just totally in awe, and totally in love with my very own little falcon perched by my left hand as I type this.  Wow. Cool. Thank you. I had it perched on my knitting books while she was here, but I think I’m going to keep it on the arm of the couch, watching me knit at my own perch.

She told me it’s a tiercel, ie, a male, tiercel meaning “third” and males being a third smaller than females.  That tummy tuck and all that.

So.  He had a hard time standing up on his feet, had to have abdominal surgery, and is thinner now but can stay up just fine now and is ready to take on my world.  My stars, could this little tiercel be any more perfect?!

His name hasn’t come to me yet.  But it will.

I typed that, looked at it, and thought, Malcolm?  Hmm. Maybe.

Hilary, you’re wonderful! And it is absolutely beautiful.

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That’s lovely and ‘Malcolm’ suits!

Comment by LynnM 06.08.10 @ 11:33 pm

WOW!!! What a wonderful gift, and what wonderful work. Pat

Comment by pat flores 06.09.10 @ 2:19 am

that is awesome! I’ve done a bit of needle felting, which was actually a lot of fun, but very time consuming — and it can be painful — long sharp needles with BARBS!

he’s amazing

Comment by Bev 06.09.10 @ 5:57 am

What a wonderful surprise!!!
I grok a few bird-themed shawls coming up.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 06.09.10 @ 6:44 am

I love it!!!!!! Wow! What a fabulous little work of art.

Comment by Channon 06.09.10 @ 8:20 am

Wonderful! The first name that popped in to my head was Edmund, as in Hillary.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 06.09.10 @ 1:28 pm

Purrrr. Thanks for the praise, and the great pics – I love seeing him on a branch like that, like the San Jose falcon family in Clara’s tree this morning. But it wasn’t a tummy tuck – the surgery I mentioned involved opening the legs and adding additional “bone” (doubling the armature wires). The slim silhouette comes from adding a whole lot less wool than planned before felting on the featheration patterns, so the final shape looks like a nervous or hot tiercel rather than the contented bird I had in mind – because it was clear that even the doubled leg armature wouldn’t carry the extra girth. (Unlike feathers, which weigh no more fluffed out than compressed, felted wool mounts up in a hurry. I went back after theoretically finishing and added a bit of wool over the eyes to give him more of a falcon stare, and his heels almost gave way again.)

Comment by Hilary 06.09.10 @ 3:22 pm

You pulled the wool over his eyes? *guffawing* I love it!

Comment by AlisonH 06.09.10 @ 3:44 pm

The photographs are really cool! Your little falcon is lovely…lucky you!

Comment by Joansie 06.09.10 @ 4:26 pm

Maltese 😉


Comment by Tiny Tyrant 06.10.10 @ 11:24 am

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