Fan Bird video

With Christmas approaching I’ve been busy preparing fan birds which are popular as decorations and gifts this time of year. At shows during this summer, a few people have asked how they’re made and not completely believed that they’re just one piece of wood so I’ve made this short video showing how the split and carved blank is spread out to create the wings and tail of the bird. It’s still a magical thing for me each time I do this, to see the bird take shape and feel how strong and flexible the fibres are at the hinge.

I’ll be teaching a Fan Bird carving workshop on Nov 17th near Kendal in the Lake District. If you’d like to learn to make these wonderful birds yourself. They’re a great little project, suitable for everyone and you’ll never any problem finding homes for your creations. More details on my courses page or email me steve-tomlin[at] for details.


About Steve Tomlin

I am a greenwood worker and scythe tutor. I carve spoons, bowls and other products from locally sourced greenwood. During the summer I teach scything around the UK.
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3 Responses to Fan Bird video

  1. Fascinating. How often do they break?

  2. irene says:

    what kind of wood is used for not break?

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