Carved wooden fan birds are one of my favourite greenwood projects and a wonderful demonstration of the properties of wood. I first learned about them on a trip to Czech Republic where I bought a pair of birds in a local market in 2011. Since then I have made thousands of birds and taught hundreds of people to make them.
Now I have produced a simple set of instructions in a pdf so that you can learn how to carve fan birds on your own if you can’t make it to one of my courses. The instructions go through the tools you’ll need, sourcing the right wood and how to carve and fan the feathers to create your own bird.
These instructions are most suited for someone who has some carving experience already or who has attended a course and would like an aide memoire to the process.