Marion, MA--My art is Russian folk art mostly and it comes from northern Russia back some four or five hundred years ago. I retired some years back and started wood carving. I loved doing it and looked at many different wood carving sites. I was looking on a web site one day that was a Russian museum and I saw my first fan bird. Before this I was carving wood spirits and gypsy flowers from Bulgaria. The fan bird was quite intricate and was said to be made from one piece of wood. That intrigued me very much. I roamed the internet about these interesting birds and found little good information about them, then out of the blue a person saw my post asking for info on fan birds on a wood carving form and he sent me a link from Popular Mechanics magazine dated from 1923. Before my eyes I see the article on How to Carve a Fan Bird I read it over and over then tried to do it as they said, the only problem I had was it sounded easy but the creature I made hardly looked like a bird, But I understood the basics now I just need to learn more and practice a lot. Today I look back and laugh at some of the strange birds I made learning this wonderful craft.