This interpretive sculpture utilizes rescued firewood ( spalted maple) to capture the essence of birds of prey. The emphasis of the eyes depicts the exquisite vision they incorporate in the hunt. It shows the demeanor and one of the tools of a professional killer.
It stands 5 1/2 inches high and is available for purchase.
This interpretive piece was born of the tenth anniversary of 9/11. It debuted at the 2011 Vermont Woodworking Show where one visitor was brought to tears by the piece. It is of juniper, mesquite, and cherry. It is in a private collection. It received Honorable Mention in the 2012 Ward World Carving Championship, Advanced Division, Interpretive Carving Category.
This life sized piece was used as a study in oils. It depicts the shadows at sunset in a birch forest. This is the best example yet of intricate detail work. The tree is tupelo and white cedar, the bird is tupelo, and the feet are carved of holly. It is available for purchase.
The piece is finally done! It captures the unique nature of the bonding that occurs with crows. This pair is seen in the distinct texture of a willow tree. It also demonstrates that a black bird is not black. Highlights of magenta, deep blue and purples are seen. It was painted with oils. It is in a private collection.
This post shows the progress of a carving that captures the familial bond of crows. A large piece of tupelo is sculpted to show two birds.
The piece is completed! It stands 4.5 inches high. All parts are carved of tupelo. It is currently being purchased. It won honorable mention at the 2011 Ward World Carving Championship.
This miniature sculpture captures the frenzy of the baby birds at feeding time. It shows the individual steps involved in the fabrication of a multiple-piece sculpture.
This intriguing piece developed from the wood itself during construction. The lighter wood is Juniper and as it was worked, the grain evolved into the form of a raptor. The turbulence of the dive became apparent in the piece.
The darker wood is mesquite. As the turbulence was incorporated into this piece, a duck emerged You can see the frenzy of the prey as it realizes it is being pursued.
It was entered in the 2010 Ward World Carving Championsip, but was not recognized. Entries are not allowed any description, and the judges missed the duck, which is an integral part of the piece.
It won first place in the Design Competition, Sculpture Division at 7th Annual Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival.
It won the Second Place, Three- Dimensional Art Award in the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild National Juried Show ( http://southernappalachianartists.org ) in Blue Ridge, Georgia.
The wood was sanded to 1500 grit and oiled and polished. It is available for purchase .
This life-sized commissioned piece shows a common scene in the northern woodlands. This little forager is drawn to the broken wood that is home for lunch.
The bird and birch are carved of tupelo, the base is cherry burl and the leaf is brass. It was entered in 2010 Ward World Championship Carving Competition, Advanced Class, and was not recognized.
The Piece is finally completed!! You can see the post before and after 9 hours of modification and sweat. The over-all effect is one of a broken tree in the forest.