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! 😀 View more final images here.



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 sandhill crane sculpture 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! 😀

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! 😀

sandhill-crane-sculpture-lifesize cutlery

May 15, 2022: After a busy season I was back on the crane 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! 😀

sandhil crane sculpture - work in progress - wings

June 3, 2022: I have one wing almost done! Just a few more feathers to add! 😀

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!

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Sandhill Crane Metal Sculpture Made from Cutlery

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