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Summer has ushered out Spring, but the hangover thunderstorms persist.

This Downy Woodpecker has been showing up regularly. He always seems to be a bit haggard and prefers to meal on suet, but will eat the sunflower seeds if need be. These little guys live year-round throughout the United States and are common visitors to any bird feeder around. Downy’s tend to be unwary. This guy is particularly fond of the camera lens and doesn’t scatter with the rest of the feeder birds.

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Mark Platin from Craig Evans on Vimeo.

This video is about Mark Platin, a renowned banjo builder, having built over 6,000 banjos! His company is called Wildwood Banjos and has been making banjos since 1972. But beyond his fine banjos, Mark’s contributions include an ongoing willingness to mentor promising young banjo builders. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be one of those builders. I’m really drawn to the construction of the Wildwood rim and his simple and tasteful inlay work on the Troubador model.

I’ve tinkered around with playing banjo for nearly 10 years. I don’t play well in any particular style. Mostly strum and sing like I would an acoustic guitar, but occasionally three-finger or clawhammer the breaks or for backup accompaniment. I’d really like to become proficient in clawhammer though.

This video is part of the “North American Banjo Builder Series” DVD collection. Three-minute videos of each can be found on Craig Evans Vimeo channel here. What’s interesting about these clips are the personalities of each builder, seeing how their shops are set up, and hearing about their banjo building philosophies.

I’ve been working on a few folk art Cardinals over the last month, both male and female. In 1933, the Indiana General Assembly chose the Cardinal to be the state bird of Indiana. Also known as the Redbird, the cardinal is the state bird of seven states: Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. The bright red males are easily spotted, especially in the winter. Female cardinals are grayish-green with a dusty red crest. Cardinals build nest in bushes and brushy areas and are frequent visitors to bird feeders.

This folk art bird carving of a Cardinal is carved from Basswood. I used milk paints, various stains, and techniques to age the carving.

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