The eagle has a long been a symbol of strength and courage. During the early years of our nation, the eagle was adopted as the symbol of America. From that time on, it has been a favorite subject of woodcarvers. It has adorned building, signs, furniture, and ships.
One of the most talented woodcarvers was John Haley Bellamy of Kittery Point, Maine. Born in 1836, Bellamy is most famous for his carved eagles. These ranged from the small “Portsmouth Eagle” simply known as the Bellamy Eagle to the enormous Lancaster eagle, a figurehead that adorned the bow of the USS Lancaster.
Bellamy Inspired Eagle
Come take this three day course and carve this 25" long Bellamy inspired eagle. You will learn about the history of eagle carving, as well as information on design, layout and finishing. Starting with a rough saw basswood eagle blank, you will carve the head, then rough out and carve the wings, feathers and shield. If time permits, we will explore finishing options. By the end of this weekend class you will have the necessary skills to complete any additional carving and finish your nameboard at home.
The knowledge and skills you gain will enable you to carve additional eagles or, take on other carving projects.