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
Sweden Scott #1391 (24 Nov 1981) Wooden bird: Christmas issue engraved by Czeslaw Slania. It is a widespread custom in Sweden to hang a bird from the ceiling at Christmas. Originally it was a religious act. The custom comes from the church where a carved wooden dove hangs under the pulpit canopy over the minister’s head. It symbolizes the Holy Ghost. In the home, the wooden bird was often hung over the table with the Christmas candles or by the iron stove, where the heat would keep it in…
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.
Another great item made by Sally Nye out of one-piece-of-wet-wood. …for more information go to: www.FanCarversWorld.com The wood is White Cedar 'Thuja occidentalis'. The two-tone color is because the blank was taken from half-heartwood and half-sapwood.
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)
Postcard of the Keeping Room of the Benjamin Nye Homestead & Museum (built in 1678) with fan-carved dove (symbol of good luck), made by Sally Nye. Benjamin Nye migrated from England to Saugus, MA in 1635 on the ship Abigail. He was one of the principal settlers of Sandwich in 1637. The Benjamin Nye Homestead & Museum is in East Sandwich, Cape Cod, MA. During the tourist season there are guided tours of eight rooms with period antiques. Visit: www.nyefamily.org
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.
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.