The Fan Bird is a 3-dimensional design made from one piece of wood. According to Old World tradition, it hung in the home by a string so that it may move freely…
Lovebirds made by Sally Nye from one 6-inch blank of White Cedar …plus the pattern & instructions to make your own Lovebirds. Fan-carved Lovebirds with a personalized inscription on the heart make a wonderful gift for weddings, anniversaries or special occasions. Inscribe the name on one side of the heart and the date on the other side.
This fan bird was made by Sally Nye from one piece of wood. It represents the Dove of Peace. Fan-carving is the art of riving long-fibered wet wood and then turning and interlocking the blades to create a 3-dimensional design. Fan-carving is an old world folk art that came to America with the Scandinavian immigrants.
“Angel Gabriel with Horn” made by Sally Nye from one piece of wood (1/2 by 2 by 6 inches). Our wood of choice is white cedar that is found in the northern regions of the U.S.A. In central Europe, fir and spruce are preferred. Pine and aspen are favored in Scandinavia. If you have wood in your region that is straight-grained and long-fibered …give it a try. Fan carving is considered an entry-level to woodcarving. It is not complicated, and it is fun to do!
This fan-carved peacock was made by Sally Nye using one piece of wood (1/2 inch thick, 2-inches wide and 5-inches tall) …no glue. Fan carving is the art of riving long-fibered wet wood and then turning and interlocking the blades to create a 3-dimensional design. Since very early times, the peacock has been symbolized in the legends, myths and customs of most cultures. Depending on the culture and religion, the peacock is a symbol of pride, protection, guidance, spirituality, awaking, nobility.
Artist: Robert Perko of Breznica, Žirovnica, Slovenia Design: This “Holy Spirit” fan bird is constructed with three-pieces-of-wood. The bird’s body and tail is one-piece, then each of the wings are fitted into the body. The sharp v-scorp carving along the feathers creates a nice crisp artistic effect. Timber: Lipa (aka lime: linden: basswood)
FAN-CARVING by Sally and David Nye is an 8 1/2" x 11" full-color, 72-page book that will answer your questions about the Old World folk art of Fan-Carving: the art of slicing long-fibered wet wood into blades and then turning and interlocking them to create a 3-dimensional design.
This fan-carved Pelican with its young was created by Sally Nye. After the dove, the pelican is the most common bird seen in Christian symbolism. During the late medieval and early Renaissance period, the motif of the pelican piercing its breast to feed its young with its blood became a popular symbol of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
The Pelican Bird Legend: “The baby pelicans die and after three days of mourning, the parent pelican pecks its own breast until there is a stream of blood. The babies take the blood and are revived.” In some legends the parent will die to save its young. Despite the variations of the legends, all symbolize Christ, who shed His blood for mankind, showing His self-sacrificing love.
Finland Scott #730 (29 Nov 1985) Christmas issue showing the fan-carved bird and Christmas red tulips. For the people of Finland, Christmas has always been the most important time during the midwinter. One reason for this could be that it is celebrated at the time of the year when it is darkest and the light and the warmth connected with Christmas makes it especially festive. From time past, it was traditional to hang the fan-carved bird at Christmas as a symbol for “good luck.”
Artist: Ed Menard of Cabot, Vermont. Ed has been making fan birds for many years. Design: This fan bird dove is just one of Ed’s many designs. It is constructed with one-piece-of-wood: half sapwood and half heartwood. This brings out the beautiful color variation. The interlock is halfway along the feather. The three V-scorp cuts between the interlock and tip of the feather adds lovely detail.Timber: Northern white cedar.
Artist: Andrej Ozebek of Mošnje, Radovljica, Slovenia. Design: This “Holy Spirit” fan bird is constructed with two-pieces-of-wood. The bird’s body and tail are one-piece: the wings are another piece that is seated down into the body. The elaborate detail is all done with woodcarving gouges. The gouge sweep number can be determined by the profile along the edge of the feather. The drill hole also adds a nice effect. Very interesting pattern, full of detail! Timber: unknown