I recently received a commision to carve one of John Bellamy's most famous carvings. Though I had created a pattern for it about a year ago, I had yet to actually carve one. This eagle will be smaller than the original at about 28" wide. That's about as small as I would carve one of these. Any smaller and you start losing some of the details.
Having a good pattern is the key to getting a close reproduction of the original. And having a high resolution photo of the original helps to get the details right. But without actually having the original in front of you, much of it is guess work.
Here is a series of photos taken a various stages. The last photo is the original.
If you'd like to try carving one yourself, at the end of this post you can purchase a pattern. To purchase a finished eagle click here
God Is Refuge #1
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Template has been cut on the band saw and the head piece has been glued on.
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John Bellamy's $600,000 Eagle
This is the now world famous eagle carved by John Haley Bellamy that recently sold for $600,000. This pattern is now available is three sizes: 48", 36" and 28", and include quills, veining and lettering on the banner. Included banner is printed separtely. This is the most accurate pattern you will ever find of this eagle.