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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 with the air currents. It seems to come alive and symbolizes protection, health, and happiness for the family.

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Fan Carvers World is dedicated to sharing & preserving the Old World art form of fan-carving with its symbolism throughout the many cultures that it influenced Welsh Love Spoons, Chip Carving, Wooden Bird, Scroll Saw Patterns, Lost Art, Art Forms, Old World, Old Things, Sculpture

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

This is the template used in making a peacock from one piece of wood. Visit www.FanCarversWorld for more information on fan-carving. Sam Wood, Wood Bird, Wood Carving, Old World, Projects To Try, Woodworking, Birds, Templates, How To Make

This is the template used in making a peacock from one piece of wood. Visit www.FanCarversWorld for more information on fan-carving.

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… Carved Wooden Birds, Hand Carved, Holy Ghost, Christmas Candles, Old World, Printmaking, Holi, Sweden, Folk Art

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…

Fan Carvers World is dedicated to sharing & preserving the Old World art form of fan-carving with its symbolism throughout the many cultures that it influenced Northern White Cedar, Wooden Bird, Wood Turning, Art Forms, Old World, Old Things, Fan, Woodcarving, Vermont

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. Thuja Occidentalis, White Cedar, Wooden Bird, Wood Carvings, Nye, Old World, Sally, Two By Two, Rings For Men

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.

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This peacock was made by Sally Nye of www.FanCarversWorld.com using one piece of wood (1/2 inch thick, 2-inches wide and 5-inches tall).

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 Wooden Bird, Keeping Room, Tour Guide, Nye, Cape Cod, Old World, Genealogy, Sally, Homestead

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

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) Wooden Bird, Slovenia, Holy Spirit, Old World, Feathers, Folk Art, Crisp, Lime, Wings

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)

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. Common Birds, Christian Symbols, Wooden Bird, Nye, Old World, Sally, Aztec, Renaissance, Folk Art

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.

FAN-CARVING by Sally and David Nye is an 8 x full-color, 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 design. Woodworking Plans, Woodworking Projects, Wooden Bird, Step By Step Instructions, Old World, Sally, Folk Art, Old Things, Carving

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.