Category: Birds of Prey


This delightful sculpture shows that it’s all  in how you see it. From the mouse’s view, it can be worrisome; while from the kestrel’s  view, it’s beautiful. This piece was done at the Vermont Raptor  Academy’s October event 2010.

The kestrel and mouse are of  tupelo, the base is of  exotic African hardwood(petsmarticus) and Herrmann cherry.

It is in a private collection.

Finally!!!  It is done!!! The base is a combination of cherry and big-leaf maple burl. It is available for purchase .

Finally, it is complete! The piece shows three focal points:

  The big picture is of a set of cliffs in Northern Vermont on Mount Pisgah. It shows the beauty of Vermont in the fall with the majesty of the fall colors.

The central portion is a depiction of the view through a birder’s spotter scope as it captures the motion of a Peregrine Falcon in full stoop. It depicts the 45 degree angle of the dive and the spiral nature of the flight as seen in the over/underlapping wings.

The smallest focus is the wood ducks which are in flight mid-way between the birder and the cliff. The one bird has caught sight of the impending drama and has headed away from the diorama.

The judges did not appreciate the story, but the patron did!

This entry and the following posts show the process involved in the formation of a  carving from concept to completion.

This commissioned piece depicts  the beauty of Vermont in the fall, the skill of the hunter and the joy of birding. I took it to the Ward World Carving Championship to challenge the judge’s ability to appreciate subtlety. Can you figure it out?

Edgewater Search

Falco columbarius

This carving represents a variation of the merlin seen in “Seaside Search“. The merlin again has a bead on a prey in the distance and is ready to launch. The feather separation is enhanced by a gust of wind. The diorama takes place on the stony side of an inland stream.

The merlin is of tupelo and the branch is of manufactured drift wood. The base is of natural maple burl. It is in a private collection.

Two Cute Hoots

Aegolius acadius

This delightful piece portrays the friendliest of the owls. A bit of artistic license is seen in this interpretation of a Floyd Scholz design-they could certainly be love birds. Actually, we now know what happens in the woods on cold nights.

The birds are carved of tupelo, the base is carved broad-leaf maple. It is in a private collection.

Hunting Team

Buteo jamaicensis

This piece captures the symbiosis of the trained raptor and the falconer. The full-sized red-tailed hawk eagerly awaits the command to hunt.

The bird,glove and bell are carved of tupelo and finished in acrylic paints. The base is walnut. It may be purchased.

Seaside Search

Falco columbarius

This delightfully animated carving shows the concentration of this colorful little hunter. The merlin has spotted a prey down the beach and is captured at the moment of lift-off. Details show feather separation as he turns his head and centers his aim.

The merlin is full-sized of tupelo. The base is manufactured drift-wood, the sand is sand-blasted maple burl. It is 17″ tall and 15″X20″ broad. It is in a private collection.

Falco sparverus

This striking 17″ sculpture was commissioned to complement the female American Kestrel carving. He proudly satisfies the curiosity of his mate as he perches across the room with his soon-to-be meal.

The base is maple burl, the branch, kestrel and mouse are tupelo. It is painted with acrylics.

Falco peregrinus

This commission piece captures the proud vision of a successful hunt. the birds are of tupelo and the ornate base is walnut burl.

Photographs of this piece were recently published as part of a gallery of photos in Denny Rogers’ new reference book The Illustrated Birds of Prey, published 2007, Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc.

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