Category: Upland Game Birds
This piece demonstrates some better carving techniques than the other bird. The competition in this level is very intense and this represents my first award at this level.
It is available for purchase and may be seen at the Ducktrap Bay Trading Company.
Meleagris gallopavo silvestris
The turkey is the largest of North American game birds. It was nominated to be the National Bird by Ben Franklin. It has recently seen a resurgence in the Northeast.
This 1/4 sized piece is of tupelo, the base is a maple burl. The carving was awarded the Best of Category(Upland Game Bird Miniatures);The Best in Division(All Miniature Entries); and The Best Of Show(All Entries in the Intermediate Class) in the 2006 Ward Museum World Carving Championship in Ocean City MD. It is in a private collection.
This ruffed grouse beats its wings atop the end of a log, scattering the leaves at its feet. The carving is made entirely of tupelo, basswood and brass.
This piece was recognized with 3rd place at the 33rd Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition (2003), in the category of Intermediate Life-size Upland Game Birds. It is in a private collection.
Largely found in the Eastern U.S., this chunky little woodland bird is a favorite of the game hunter. Its distinctive flight pattern makes it a challenge to bag.
This slightly larger-than-life piece was carved from a single block of tupelo and painted with acrylics. It is in a private collection.