Unfinished Wooden Bird Pin

Unfinished Wooden Bird Pin

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This unfinished bird shows the first step of Sadao Oka's carving process. He would trace the outline of the bird, in this case a bald eagle, onto an old leftover piece of wood, and carve out the outline using a small saw found in his tool box (accession numbers 2016.0117.097 and 2016.0117.107). He would cut out the wings and some small details, but the realism does not come until he takes this 2D shape, and masterfully carves it into a 3D bird.
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Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 3 in x 3 in x 1/2 in; 7.62 cm x 7.62 cm x 1.27 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Jane Oka
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Japanese American
Executive Order 9066
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National Museum of American History
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