Step 1 Secure reo bar in vice and cut into lengths suitable for legs and feet of shovel bird. On a flat bench, arrange feet at base of leg. Wearing welding mask and thick leather gloves, weld joints together
Step 2 Secure shovel in vice. Using angle grinder, measure roughly 8cm down from top of shovel shank and cut at a 30° to 45° angle (this offcut will form the head). Set aside. Position 1 leg on shovel and weld at all contact points. Repeat for remaining leg.
Step 3 Angle offcut so it sits roughly perpendicular to shank. Spot-weld to hold in place, then weld completely.
Step 4 Using pliers, position a nut on head and spot-weld at contact point. Cut a bike crank or similar to size and use as crest. Hold in place with pliers and spot-weld at contact points. Position remaining nut on other side of crank and spot-weld.
Step 5 Use bike crank or similar to form tail. Cut to size, position on back of shovel and spot-weld.