A call for help

Note: The 100 Birds project is long over. No longer am I asking for new woods to carve. This post is here only as a historical footnote.

As of Friday, I’ve reached the halfway point in my quest to carve birds from 100 different types of wood. And I need some help. I have six or eight different kinds of wood that I haven’t carved yet in my garage, but after that I’m out. I could go buy more exotic woods from the store or online suppliers, but I’d much rather work with wood that I get from people around the country.

I’m offering a hand made bird ornament to anybody who sends me a type of wood that I can use in the project. You can either send me enough for two birds of that type, or if you send only enough for one, we can talk about what kind of wood you want me to use for your bird. I have dozens of different wood types here, and I think we can reach an agreement.

If you would like to contribute to the project and get a bird in return, contact me privately: jim AT mischel.com. I need a block that’s 2″ x 2″ x 4.5″, or a limb or log that’s at least 3″ in diameter and 6″ long.

I’m interested in pretty much anything that I haven’t carved yet. See the Bird Index for a list. Below are some suggestions. If you have anything from this list, or any other type of wood you don’t see in the bird index, please contact me.

Giant Sequoia
California Redwood
Texas Ebony
Red Oak
Yellow Pine
Black Ironwood (southern Florida)
Blue Spruce
Fig (my fig tree died and there weren’t any large enough pieces)