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Scissor Tailed Flycatcher

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PRODUCT STORY
Scott says: I'm a landscape architect that loves to make things, so much so in fact, that I don't get enough of it from just my day job. So I turn to creating things outside of work.

A couple of years ago I discovered that I was going to be an uncle for the first time. I really wanted to make something for my nephew. In trying to decide what to make, I spent time reflecting on my childhood, and tried to recall memories that still stuck with me. I figured if I still had the memory, then it must have involved something of importance. One of the earliest memories recalled was a simple designed wooden mobile of a Pegasus. I remembered very young lying in bed and staring up at it. My next visit home, I rummaged through my old closet, and actually found the mobile. It's clean and simple design is still very appealing to me as an adult, and actually it's now hanging in my living room. That's when I decided that I wanted to create a mobile for my nephew that would be timeless. I wanted it to be an item that he could potentially hang on to throughout his life and have its design appeal transcend all ages. It could be as easily at home over a baby crib or hanging in a living room in a big city flat.

Next was deciding the subject of the mobile. I pretty quickly arrived on the Scissor Tailed Flycatcher bird for 2 main reasons. First, I liked the 'local' aspect of the bird since it is the official state bird of Oklahoma. Second, that particular bird was another pretty strong childhood memory from my summer visits to my grandparent’s farm in southeast Oklahoma.
ARTIST / DESIGNER
Scott Robinson
SUBMITTED BY
Woodworking Design Contest
NOTES
dimensions: 12-1/4” width (wings to wing) x 11-1/2” length (beak to tail)
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Cassie, UncommonGoods

February 12, 2014 06:38:13 PM

Scott's piece fills us with childlike wonder, while still appealing to our adult design sensibility. Does this beautiful bird have your vote?

jennifer
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February 12, 2014 08:54:54 PM

Love this!!!

susan
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February 12, 2014 09:01:02 PM

So beautiful!

oliver
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February 12, 2014 09:03:50 PM

Very Cool!

oliver
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February 12, 2014 09:04:38 PM

Very Cool!!

Carrie
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February 12, 2014 09:08:27 PM

So sweet!! Love, love, love!!

kelly
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February 12, 2014 09:12:41 PM

What a great product! And a great product story to go with it. Would definitely want to buy!

Doug
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February 12, 2014 09:17:08 PM

Theses are the greatest things EVER!!!

casie
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February 12, 2014 09:57:09 PM

Great job!

nancy
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February 12, 2014 09:59:24 PM

I bought one and love it. It brings a feeling of peace and calm to the room.

Candra
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February 12, 2014 10:06:43 PM

You couldn't buy a better product from a better guy. Is it weird to want to have a kid just so I can buy a mobile?

Tug Dalley
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February 12, 2014 10:22:25 PM

The wood grain looks great on this. I really like the detail around the wings as well. Great design, your nephew must really enjoy it.

Keeven
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February 12, 2014 11:25:36 PM

These are awesome! So creative!

Donnie
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February 12, 2014 11:34:32 PM

Very cool. Great gift idea!

Devon
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February 12, 2014 11:36:54 PM

Beautiful :)

Alexis
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February 13, 2014 09:26:06 AM

Love this. You truly are an amazing artist!

Nikki
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February 13, 2014 09:26:45 AM

Love this! Want one for every room in my house!

katy
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February 13, 2014 09:44:30 AM

Beautiful and whimsical. Great job Scott!

sally
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February 13, 2014 10:50:32 AM

i do like the clean design. it's also unexpected enough to catch your eye but at the same time blends in naturally and to any surroundings I would think.. it's simply but it's interesting. I like it the more I look at. which is the bottom line for me.

sally
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February 13, 2014 10:50:32 AM

i do like the clean design. it's also unexpected enough to catch your eye but at the same time blends in naturally and to any surroundings I would think.. it's simply but it's interesting. I like it the more I look at. which is the bottom line for me.

richard
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February 13, 2014 11:25:18 AM

nice choice. great design.

richard
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February 13, 2014 11:25:18 AM

nice choice. great design.

Kim
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February 13, 2014 02:03:42 PM

This is simply beautiful and elegant! And I love the story that goes with it. I'd like one above my desk to remind me to open my wings and fly! Fabulous!

Kim
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February 13, 2014 02:03:42 PM

This is simply beautiful and elegant! And I love the story that goes with it. I'd like one above my desk to remind me to open my wings and fly! Fabulous!

Martin
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February 13, 2014 03:48:42 PM

Awesome concept, lovely design.

Lauren
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February 13, 2014 09:06:19 PM

This is incredibly beautiful!

Kelsi
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February 13, 2014 09:44:26 PM

Amazing product!!!!

Charles
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February 14, 2014 08:26:44 AM

nicely done. simple and clean lines

Jennifer
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February 14, 2014 11:52:29 AM

Scott's piece is so beautiful! As a single-mom and woodworker myself, I also create pieces with a story and nostalgia/sentimentality in mind. Thus the reason I am so drawn to Scott's mobile. Both of my children are named after birds. I would definitely want to own of Scott's pieces if Uncommon Goods decides to carry his art!!

Tyler
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February 14, 2014 09:15:22 PM

Fits in nicely with the other products on this site.

sarah / ottowoodwork

February 18, 2014 12:32:09 AM

I have a product in the running too -http://www.uncommongoods.com/voting/product/58035/magnetic-wall-organizer - but I wanted to say this is lovely as is the story behind it. Good luck!

sarah / ottowoodwork

February 18, 2014 12:32:09 AM

I have a product in the running too -http://www.uncommongoods.com/voting/product/58035/magnetic-wall-organizer - but I wanted to say this is lovely as is the story behind it. Good luck!

mari
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February 19, 2014 04:37:44 PM

love this! So beautiful!

Patricia

February 24, 2014 04:21:52 PM

This is so elegant and simple. I adore it!

Sonya

February 24, 2014 09:57:50 PM

love love love this

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