Sandhill Crane Sculpture

August 2021: I’ve begun work on a life size sandhill crane sculpture made from scrap metal and cutlery. This is a commission piece for a couple’s 25th anniversary! This blog post will show the progress as start from the ‘ground up’ with the feet and legs, and then build the body.

LATEST IMAGE: June 11, 2022 Complete!! I’m very happy about how this turned out! ๐Ÿ˜€ View more final images here.

Sandhill Crane Sculpture Made from Metal Cutlery


August 16, 2021: I have a start on the first leg! I started rebar and welded to it to create the texture.

And with a bit more welding, I have both of the legs done and can weld them together!

sandhill crane sculpture - metal art by Cindy Chinn

Here’s a closer look at the feet:

sandhill crane sculpture - metal art by Cindy Chinn

September 14, 2021: After a short break to get things together for my new welding shop. I’m back on it as the big bird gets a body!

sandhill crane sculpture - metal art by Cindy Chinn

Once I had the framework and base plates in place for the body, I was able to start adding ‘feathers’. There’s a reason I’m always looking for cheap cutlery at the flea markets! ๐Ÿ˜€

sandhill crane sculpture - metal art by Cindy Chinn

September 16, 2021: Another long night in the welding s September 19, 2021 Last night I made some adjustments and my crane went on a bit of diet and got a little taller. It’s hard to see scale as I build, and once it was all together, changes were needed – BUT – I’m on track now, and “just” have to add the head and the wings! ๐Ÿ˜€

sandhill-crane-sculpture-lifesize cutlery

May 15, 2022: After a busy season I was back on the sandhill crane sculpture and have made the head!

sandhil crane sculpture - work in progress

June 2, 2022: I had a lot of research to work on before building the wings, but I got a start on them last night! ๐Ÿ˜€

sandhil crane sculpture - work in progress - wings

June 3, 2022: I have one wing almost done! Just a few more feathers to add! ๐Ÿ˜€

sandhill crane sculpture made from cutlery life size metal art

June 5, 2022: I took the crane outside to see some daylight and got some photos of the progress! One more wing to get done!

Sandhill Crane Sculpture Made from Metal Cutlery

July 13, 2022: “Oneida” the Sandhill Crane Sculpture migrated a few miles north and is now at home overlooking at garden! I love how the colors reflect and add a new dimension to the work.

Sandhill Crane Sculpture Made from Metal Cutlery
Sandhill Crane Sculpture Made from Metal Cutlery

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