Here we are again with another update from Alphabird! Coming down the homestretch at bird number 16, this piece brings us only ten pieces away from having all our characters for the book.
I decided to go with the beautiful Indigo Bunting for the letter I. Here's my rhyme:
I is for Isaac who pecked out a beat on a Hawaiian ipu beneath his small feet.
Here's some of my progress shots:
And the finished bird from two angles:
The Ipu is a traditional Hawaiian gourd instrument. I found some interesting videos online about the making of these, as well as the local controversy about whether it should take its rightful place as the official state instrument. What do you think? I say Ipu!