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Quail Top Knot Curved

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  • A side view of a pewter top knot for a quail.
  • A pewter quail top knot.
  • A slightly frontal view of the qu t


Cast pewter top knot for California and Gambel Quail. The Quail Top Knot looks like a single feather but is a cluster of six overlapping feathers. The California males have have a black top knot , and females have brown, with flanks that are brown and white streaks. The Gambels's Quail with the curved top knot are similar the the California Quail but like the more desert environment. Gamble Quail can be distinguished by it's coloration and field marks. Their top knot extends from the top of the forehead and bends forward. Gambel Quail has anywhere from sixty to thirty small black comma shaped feathers that are bunched from a single spot on their forehead.

Male Quails weigh about 6-7 ounces and  female quails weigh about 4-5 ounces.

Quail Top Knot Curved Specifications: 

  • Pewter.
  • 1 7/8" long.
  • 7/8" wide with curvature.
  • 1/4" thick.
  • Fits in a 5/64" or slightly larger hole.

Carving a California or Gambel Quail is a challenging and rewarding project that requires precision and attention to detail.

To create an accurate and lifelike representation of the bird, you can use a variety of tools and techniques, including carving knives or power tools, sandpaper, and feathering. You might want to start with a quail carving pattern which can help you with the size, feather layout and all the details.

Adding a pewter top knot or pewter quail feet to finish off some of the details on the game bird is another technique that can enhance the overall look and feel of the finished product. The use of pewter adds a unique touch of realism to the carving, and elevates it from a simple wood carving to a true work of art.

The pewter can be finished using a coat of gesso and then the paint you desire to get a real feel and look to your bird.

The process of carving and adding these details takes time and patience, but the end result is worth it.

When you look at your completed carving with its pewter details, you'll feel a sense of pride in your craftsmanship and a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature and the art of carving.

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