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WORLD-WIDE COLLECTION


Our world-wide collection includes fan items from the European & North American continents.

In our pursuit to learn more about the fan bird & its history, our research took us to Europe and Scandinavia. As we met with fan carvers, museum curators, ethnographers and shopkeepers, we acquired quite a collection of fan birds. These birds are on exhibit at our studio and here for you to view and study.


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Czech Republic
Finland
Germany
Poland
Russia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Sweden
U.S.A.
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Czech Republic

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Artist: Jindrich Toman of Pelhrimov, Czech Republic

Design: This fan bird is constructed with two-pieces-of-wood. The bird’s body and tail is one-piece: the wings are nestled down into that. A shim secures them. The detail along each feather adds gracefulness and motion to the bird.

Timber: unknown

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Artist: Pavel Ondra of Krouna, Czech Republic

Design: This fan bird dove is constructed with two-pieces-of-wood. The bird body and tail is one piece: The wings are the other. The wings are seated down into a notch in the bird’s body. The construction is stabilized with a shim to which the string for hanging is attached.

Timber: unknown

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Artist: Božena Vráželová of Novy Hrozenkov, Czech Republic

Design: This fan bird dove is constructed from one-piece-of-wood. The scorp cuts on each side of the feathers adds detail to the bird.

Timber: unknown

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Artist: Petr Stoklasa of Verké Karlovice, Czech Republic

Design: These fan lovebirds were constructed from one-piece-of-wood. They are to hang suspended from the thread that is wrapped around their beaks.

Timber: unknown

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Artist: Josef Sarauer of Horní Planá, Czech Republic

Design: This delicate fan bird dove is constructed with one-piece-of-wood. Each blade is so thin that they are interlocked in small clusters by using a tweezer. A thread is woven through the interlock for stability. The feathers are interlocked to combine the wings and the tail into one single fan. A scorp cut between the interlock and the hinge offers nice detail.

Timber: unknown

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Artist: Jan Poriz of Horní Studenec, Czech Republic

Design: This fan bird is constructed with two-pieces-of-wood. The bird’s body and tail is one-piece: the wings are seated down into that and stabilized with a shim. A thread is woven through the interlock to secure each feather. The wings differentiate from the tail because of the extra scorp detail.

Timber: unknown

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Artist: unknown. Purchased at a chateau near České Budējovice, Czech Republic.

Design: This fan bird is constructed with two-pieces-of-wood. The wings are one-piece that is seated into a niche of the bird’s body and tail section. A thread is woven throughout the interlock to secure each feather. Scorp cuts on just one side of the wing feathers add detail when fanned, whereas the last feather, (center top of wing) is straight-sided. It stops the pattern so the wings do not compete with the tail for detail. Also, the drill hole in the wing feathers adds a decorative element.

Timber: unknown


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Finland

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Artist: Viktor Hukka of Kerkonjoensuu, Finland

Design: This fan bird dove is constructed with two-pieces-of-wood. The bird’s body and tail are one-piece and the wings are the other piece that is seated down into the body.

Timber: unknown

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Artist: unknown. Purchased at the Rautalammin museum in Rautalampi, Finland

Design: This fan bird is constructed with three-pieces-of-wood. The bird’s body and tail are one-piece. The two wings are each inserted into the bird’s body. This bird can stand on it’s own merit because of the design.

Timber: unknown

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Artist: unknown. Purchased in Jyväskylä, Finland

Design: This fan bird is constructed with one-piece-of-wood. The interlock presents one continuous fan. The oval appearance is due to the variation of the length of the feathers between the wings and the tail. The curved sweeping style gives it a graceful look.

Timber: unknown

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Artist: Heikki Niskanen of Siilinjärvi, Finland

Design: This fan bird is constructed from one-piece-of-wood. The wings are double-interlocked to create one fan. The tail is double-interlocked to create another fan. It offers the look of upward flight.

Timber: unknown

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Artist: unknown. Purchased at Santa’s Village at the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

Design: This fan bird is constructed from one-piece-of-wood. The wings and the tail are each interlocked to create one single fan.

Timber: unknown

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Artist: Joel Nokelainen of Helsinki, Finland

Design: This elegant fan bird is constructed from one-piece-of-wood. The wings are interlocked to form one fan. The tail is interlocked to create another single fan. The long sweeping tail with the bird facing upward portrays grace and movement.

Timber: unknown

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Artist: Lintu-Antti Turkia of Ivalo, Kuukkelilampi, Finland

Design: This fan bird is constructed with one-piece-of-wood. The tail and the wings are each a full fan. The double-interlock procedure offers a unique zigzag movement to the fan detail.

Pic1: A side view of Lintu-Antti’s bird shows the double-interlock and the bird body gracefulness.

Timber: pine

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Artist: Lintu-Antti Turkia of Ivalo, Kuukkelilampi, Finland

Design: This fan bird is constructed with one-piece-of-wood. The tail and the wings are each a full fan. The double-interlock procedure offers a unique zigzag movement to the fan detail.

Pic2:A side view of Lintu-Antti’s bird shows the double-interlock and the bird body gracefulness above.

Timber: pine

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Artist: Arto Ronkainen of Keminmaa, Finland

Design: This fan bird swan is constructed with one-piece-of-wood. The wings and tail are double-interlocked to create a single fan …but cleverly displaying two wings and a tail.

Timber: unknown


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Germany

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Artist: unknown. This fan-in-bottle was purchased at an antique mall in Michigan. No information was included.

Design: This type of carving was typical of German “trench art” from World War I. Because of the style of the fan blades, we believe it to be of European origin.


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Poland

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Artist: Josef Regiec of Sromowce Niżne. Poland

Design: Fan crowned eagle of Poland constructed with two-pieces-of-wood. The wings are one-piece-of-wood and that is seated down into the second piece which is the bird’s body/tail. The sharp angle cuts on the profile makes for interesting detail and pattern once the feathers are fanned and interlocked …nice circular motion.

Timber: spruce

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Artist: Feliks Kowalczyk of Krościenko, Poland

Design: Fan bird dove constructed from two-pieces of wood. The wings are one-piece-of-wood. They are seated down into the other piece: the bird’s body-tail. The shape and length of the wing feathers offers a complete circle when fanned and interlocked. They nicely reach the tail portion without competing with it …a nice composition.

Timber: willow

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Artist: Josef Regiec of Sromowce Niżne, Poland

Design: Fan dove constructed with two-pieces-of-wood. The wings are from one-piece and that is seated into the second piece which is the bird’s body/tail. The sharp angles of the cuts create a nice strong, crisp pattern after the feathers are fanned and interlocked.

Timber: spruce

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Artist: Franciszek Plewa of Sromowce Niżne, Poland

Design: Fan bird dove constructed with two-pieces of wood. The wings are made from one-piece and they are seated down into the bird’s body/tail piece. This tail feathers are interlocked to have a double-tail. It allows the bird to stand upright with no support.

Timber: fir

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Artist: Josef Regiec of Sromowce Niżne, Poland

Design: This large fan crowned eagle is constructed with two-pieces-of-wood. The wings are one-piece that is seated into the bird’s body/tail. The top portion of the feather, above the interlock, is about the same length as below the interlock. Much detail is carved into both portions creating an artistic effect.

Timber: spruce

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Artist: Franciszek Plewa of Sromowce Niżne, Poland

Design: This fan crowned eagle of Poland is constructed from two-pieces of wood: the first piece is the bird’s body/tail, the second is the wings which sit down into it. The interlock has been done to create a double tail. This elegant bird can stand on its own merit due to the design.

Timber: fir

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Artist: Feliks Kowalczyk of Krościento, Poland

Design: Woodburned crowned eagle of Poland. Constructed with two-pieces-of-wood. The wings are one-piece which is seated into the bird’s body/tail piece. The narrow interlock with the wide top blade gives a nice, crisp edge to the design when fanned.

Timber: fir


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Russia

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Artist: unknown. Purchased from a commercial site.

Design: This little fan angel is constructed with three-pieces-of-wood. The body is one-piece: the wings are another piece and the halo is the third. The wings and halo are stapled onto the backside of the body.

Timber: unknown.

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Artist: unknown. Purchased from a commercial site.

Design: This cute little fan alligator is constructed from two-pieces-of-wood: one for the body, the other for the fans.

Timber: unknown

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Artist: unknown. Purchased from a commercial site.

Design: This “good luck” fan bird is constructed from two-pieces-of-wood. One is the bird’s body and tail: the other is the wings. The tail is positioned into a rounded style. The wings compliment the tail with a sweeping curve. A thread is woven through the interlock to stabilize the construction.

Timber: unknown

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Artist: unknown. Purchased from a commercial site.

Design: This “good luck” fan bird is constructed with two-pieces-of-wood. The bird’s body and tail are one-piece and the wings are the other piece that is nestled down into the first. The tail is a flat fan: the wings have a slight sweep up toward the head. A thread is woven through the interlock for stability.

Timber: unknown


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Slovakia

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Artist: Jirí Stoklasa of Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

Design: This fan bird dove is constructed with one-piece-of-wood. The wings are interlocked to create a continuous fan: the tail is one continuous fan as well. This bird can sit on its own fan tail.

Timber: unknown

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Artist: Jirí Stoklasa of Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

Design: This fan peacock is constructed with one-piece-of-wood. The carved pattern on the feathers create the effect of the “eyes” of an actual peacock feather. This bird stands on its own merit due to its design.

Timber: unknown


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Slovenia

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Artist: Robert Perko of Breznica, Žirovnica, Slovenia

Design: This “Holy Spirit” fan bird is constructed with three-pieces-of-wood. The bird’s body and tail is one-piece, then each of the wings are fitted into the body. The sharp V-scorp carving along the feathers creates a nice crisp artistic effect.

Timber: Lipa (aka lime: linden: basswood)

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Artist: Andrej Ozebek of Mošnje, Radovljica, Slovenia

Design: This “Holy Spirit” fan bird is constructed with two-pieces-of-wood. The bird’s body and tail are one-piece: the wings are another piece that is seated down into the body. The elaborate detail is all done with woodcarving gouges. The gouge sweep number can be determined by the profile along the edge of the feather. The drill hole also adds a nice effect. Very interesting pattern, full of detail!

Timber: unknown

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Artist: Monika Klemenčič of Loce, Slovenia

Design: This “Holy Spirit” fan bird is constructed with one-piece-of-wood. It is interlocked to have two wings and a double tail …4 fans! The pattern along the feathers creates lovely overlapping rows of waves once they are interlocked. This dove can sit on its own merit due to the design.

Timber: Lipa (aka lime: linden: basswood)

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Artist: Bogomir Samec of Trbovlje, Slovenia

Design: This “Holy Spirit” fan bird was constructed with three-pieces-of-wood. The bird’s body and tail is one-piece: the two wings are seated into the body. The V-scorp cuts along the feather’s edge create a crisp design. This bird can sit on its own merit due to the design.

Timber: Lipa (aka lime: linden: basswood)


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Sweden

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Artist: Thord Mellgren of Hova, Sweden

Design: This fan bird dove is constructed with four-pieces-of-wood. The bird’s body is one carved piece of wood. The tail and each wing are the other three pieces that are inserted into the body. All three of the fans are double-interlocked. The wings have three V-scorp cuts between the interlocks whereas the tail has one. It makes for a nice contrast while following through with the design.

Timber: aspen

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Artist: Thord Mellgren of Hova, Sweden. (note: This bird was given to us …believed to be of german origin. However, we found an old postcard with this exact design of Thord Mellgren).

Design: This unique fan bird is a very old style. The double-interlock with a V-scorp cut in-between gives extra detail. It is interlocked to have a split tail which is not common today.

Timber: unknown


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U.S.A.

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Artist: Dick Heintzelman of Inverness, Florida. Dick has been teaching fan-carving for several years

Design: This little fan hummingbird is constructed with one-piece-of-wood. The design is basic, but well done. The glittered paint adds a nice touch.

Timber: White cedar

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Artist: Jeff Jacobs of Arlington, Virginia.

Design: This fan dove is constructed with one-piece-of-wood. It has three fans: one wing and two tails. The carved feather shape offers a suggestion of more than one interlock, but there is just one ...nicely done.

Timber: White cedar

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Artist: Hubert Hoffman III of Huntsburg, Ohio. Hubert is a young fan carver that is doing wonderful creations.

Design: This fan peacock is constructed from one-piece-of-wood. The V-scorp cuts as well as the carving design along the feathers offer the suggestion of the lovely "eyes" of a real peacock's tail. This bird has three interlocks that adds to the detail. The head crest is rived to give the peacock a crest in the proper direction ...well done.

Timber: White cedar

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Artist: George Stadtlander of Mantua, Ohio. George has been fan-carving for several years. He is well known for his fan creations.

Design: The lovebirds are constructed with one-piece-of-wood. George has added detail by coloring the V-scorp cuts along the feathers. It enhances the appearance once they are fanned and interlocked.

Timber: unknown

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Artist: George Stadtlander of Mantua, Ohio. George has been fan-carving for several years. He is well known for his fan creations.

Design: This fan creation is constructed with one-piece-of-wood. The tops are heart shaped. Every other top has been clipped off so the heart is more pronounced.

Timber: unknown

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Artist: George Stadtlander of Mantua, Ohio. George has been fan-carving for several years. He is well known for his fan creations.

Design: This Pegasus horse is one of several of George's fan creations. It is constructed with one-piece-of-wood. By adding a touch of black along the scorp cut, it creates a nice effect once interlocked ...nicely done.

Timber: White cedar

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Artist: Bob Hollenback, Lachine, Michigan. Bob is self-taught and has been making fan birds for several years.

Design: This hummingbird is constructed with one-piece-of-wood. It is of typical lumberjack style from the northern Michigan camps. The little point on the end of the feathers adds a nice effect.

Timber: Michigan white cedar

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Artist: Rick WiebeArtist: Rick Wiebe of Westbank, British Columbia, Canada. Rick is well known for his fan birds. He's been published in Wood Carving Illustrated Spring 2002, pgs. 56-60 ...Carving magazine Spring 2008, pgs. 65-70. Rick has also published, Adventures in Fan Carving, a book you'll find on his website (below)

Design: This fan peacock is constructed with one-piece-of-wood. Rick colors the scorp cuts and the tip of the feathers to offer the suggestion of peacock colors once the feathers are interlocked. It enhances the pattern without taking from the natural wood grain.

Timber: Sugar pine from California

Website: www.woodcarvingbiz.com

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Artist: Rick Wiebe of Westbank, British Columbia, Canada. Rick is well known for his fan birds. He's been published in Wood Carving Illustrated Spring 2002, pgs. 56-60 ...Carving magazine Spring 2008, pgs. 65-70. Rick has also published, Adventures in Fan Carving, a book you'll find on his website (below)

Design: This fan hummingbird is constructed with one-piece-of-wood. Each scorp cut has been colored so the nice color effect is displayed when interlocked. It presents a nice suggestion of color without overpowering the natural wood tones.

Timber: Western white pine

Website: www.woodcarvingbiz.com

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Artist: Norm Busta of Mendota Heights, Minnesota. Norm is well known in fan bird circles for his elaborately painted birds as well as those left natural.

Design: This fan bird dove is created from one-piece-of-wood. The sweeping design offers grace and flow, as if the bird is in flight. The bird holds a symbolic olive leaf in it's beak.

Timber: Basswood

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Artist: Dick Mazza of Puyallup, Washington.

Design: This fan hummingbird is created from one-piece-of-wood. It is unique because its beak is cleverly seated in a flower.

Timber: Basswood

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Artist: Ed Menard of Cabot, Vermont. Ed has been making fan birds for many years. He's been written about in several magazines such as ...Fine WoodWorking July/Aug. 1987, pg. 50-51 ...Chip Chats May/June 1998. pgs. 102-103.

Design: This fan bird dove is just one of Ed's many design's. It is constructed with one-piece-of-wood: half sapwood & half heartwood. This brings out the beautiful color variation. The interlock is halfway along the feather. The three V-scorp cuts between the interlock and tip of the feather adds lovely detail.

Timber: Northern white cedar

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Artist: Jim Ayers of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jim is well known in fan bird circles for his elaborate painted birds. He has published several magazine articles. Some of which are ...Woodwork, Feb. 2000, pg. 44-51 ...Creative Woodworks & Crafts, Jan. 2000, pg. 46-47.

Design: Jim's fan bird design is elegant. He achieves this sweeping gracefulness from one-piece-of-wood. This fan dove holds a symbolic olive leaf in his beak.

Timber: Aspen

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Artist: Herb Baxter of St. Louis, Michigan.

Design: This little hummingbird is constructed with one-piece-of-wood. It is typical of the Michigan lumberjacks design.

Timber: unknown


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This small fan dove was purchased at a store in Michigan. No information available.

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This small fan dove was purchased at a store in Michigan. No information available.

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This fan star was purchased at a store in Michigan. No information was available.

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This fan angel was purchased at a store in Michigan. No information available. It is made from two-pieces-of-wood. The wings are seated into the back of the body. The skirt has a double-interlock with two V-scorp cuts in-between. Nice detail!

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This fan goose was purchased at a store in Michigan. No information available. It has a double-interlock on the wings but not the tail …simple but nice effect!


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