After a couple of coats of Tried and True Original oil finish, It was time to complete the assembly of the owl.
The perch is just a stick split in half, the edges dressed and I applied a coat of oil just to make it look a little more vibrant. To attach the perch to the owl I used a couple of screws.
First, guesstimating hole placement.
Then deepened the starter holes with an awl.
Drilled the clearance holes.
Followed up with a countersink.
Then installed the screws so that the points were proud of the surface.
Pressed the perch into place.
Flipped everything over and drove the screws home.
Flipped it back over and marked for a hang hole.
The hang hole was drilled at an angle.
To liven up the eyes I used felt. A circle template proved handy.
First a base of yellow.
Then black for the pupil.
A little dab of white brings the eyes alive.
Then hung my new creation on the wall.
I’ll live with it “as is” for now, but will need to come up with something to help round out the composition on the wall. Maybe an additional owl or two. Maybe something entirely different. Time will tell.
I know this is a simple, little crafty type project, but that is part of what being able to make things is about. You don’t always have to be making furniture. We need all manner of things in our lives and it is just as satisfying for me to make something like this as it is to make a highly complex piece of furniture.
Part 1 Greg Merritt