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Fan Birds

What is fan-carving?
Fan-carving is the process of slicing wood into thin blades (feathers) and then twisting and interlocking them to create a 3-dimensional design from one piece of wood.

The legends and customs found associated with the fan bird are of a religious and spiritual nature. The consistent theme is that the bird protects the home and brings health and happiness to the family. Research has revealed that fan-carving is an Old World folk art, if not the oldest. With the help of European museums and their archival documents, its history and migration has been traced from the ancient Russian region, across the European continent to North America.

For more information on Fan Birds and fan carving Please contact the experts, Sally and David Nye at Fan Carvers World


All fan carving information and fan bird picture courtesy of Sally and David Nye

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All rights to this material are reserved. No part may be reproduced, photocopied or reprinted in any form, electronic or otherwise, without the express written consent for authorization.
Original patterns contained herein, may be purchased by individuals and used to complete their own personal carvings for sale or show, as long as such sales or shows are not through licensed commercial businesses.
To that end, the author encourages the use of purchased material for personal and educational use. Mass production and other commercial use of the material herein, is strictly prohibited by law.