LaFosse’s “Northern Cardinal”

LaFosse's Northern Cardinal

By: Michael G. LaFosse

Published in: Classic Cardinal and Other Fantastic Folds (DVD) (out of print), Advanced Origami, BOS Magazine 225 April 2004

I spent the day hanging out at Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander’s Origamido Studio, and Michael taught me this amazing Cardinal. It’s since been published in several places, and in the BOS magazine, Michael’s Advanced Origami, surely others by now.

Michael calls the basic structure his “pileated bird base” since, actually, you can fold it into lots of different birds that have crests – a Tufted Titmouse (grey paper); a Bluejay (blue paper) etc.:

Experimenting with variations - Tufted Titmouse (left); Blue Jay (right)

Experimenting with variations – Tufted Titmouse (left); Blue Jay (right)

I love the model, as it’s pretty much the first really successful origami version I’ve seen of the Cardinal, one of my favorite local birds.

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