Carving Whimsical Birds by Laura Dunkle

By Laura Dunkle

Many of the pleasant birds during this e-book might be carved and painted in an afternoon utilizing universal instruments. Designs for bluebirds, chickadees, robins, cardinals, and plenty of extra species are integrated with exact directions.

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