This carving of a western tanager is a bright bird created by Sadao Oka. It is a delicately made bird carved from old wood with minimal tools. While Mr. Oka was forced to stay in an incarceration camp he spent the majority of his free time mastering the art of carving birds out of wood. This bird has small legs made out of wire, wrapped in thread, and its realism comes from the pictures in the Audubon identification cards and other books that Mr. Oka used as a reference. The details on this bird is mostly from paint, he used different colors to suggest detailed feathers along with the facial features of the bird.
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