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Raven Sculpture by ou8nrtist2 Raven Sculpture by ou8nrtist2
One of my early pieces,commissioned from someone in my hometown on the coast of Maine after my return from a 10 year self imposed exile.
My father was not pleased. He had still at this point not come to terms with the fact that I too had decided to become a sculptor and follow in his footsteps...

When I was a child I (helped)raise 5 baby ravens in the wild.The parents never got closer than about 5 feet from me but they "allowed" me to hand feed their 5 babies,and it was on this same cliff in the photograph.Ravens exhibit a multitude of unusual and eccentric traits.They are extremely intelligent and possess remarkable senses.It is no wonder that they are considered mystical beings in many cultures.

welded steel-life size.
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surprised i have not seen this one yet. a couple years ago in a nat'l geo or maybe scientific american magazine, i read a fascinating article on ravens. they are recognized as possibly the most intelligent of the bird families. this piece is very intricate and i bet very difficult to make. i often watch ravens as they try to figure out how to open a bag of chips left by someone in the trash or communicate with one another vocally or with body language. i think you've captured it very well.
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ou8nrtist2 Aug 18, 2011  Professional
Thank you Boris,
The raven is definitely one of the most intelligent of birds,perhaps only surpassed by the California scrub jay which is actually a related species corvidae i believe.
Won't you join us in a new group called Smiths-R-Us.
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thanks for the invite. is it ok that i am not a metal smith? i do use metal in some of my sculptures, just not focusing on it as a medium.
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ou8nrtist2 Aug 18, 2011  Professional
Sorry about that,I realized as soon as i posted ,that you don't work in metal...
My bad...
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ou8nrtist2 Aug 18, 2011  Professional
Forgive me my friend,
You don't work with metal of course,my mistake...
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primalfuryan Apr 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Beautifully done LOVE IT:iconshinyheartplz:direct to my:iconfavplz:
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ou8nrtist2 Apr 25, 2011  Professional
Why thank you...
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silverfernn Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
how wonderful to be able to forge your early memories into your adult/mature art!!!
thank you so much for sharing your story. makes your work so much more approachable on this 2 dimensional medium.
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ou8nrtist2 Jun 30, 2010  Professional
I wish more (on here)would share their process and techniques as well...
My ancestors came from Cork in 1849.
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