Category: Ducks

Mandarin Duck

I finally completed the sculpture in time to enter in the 2016 Ward World Carving Championship, where it won a third place ribbon and cash award.

This wood duck-sized little beauty lives in the orient.This piece is life sized and carved of tupelo. The base is walnut. It is painted with acrylics and oil. It is available for purchase.

Woodie Hen

The wood duck hen is often thought of as drab and muted. Actually, there are multiple beautiful shades of iridescence seen throughout most of the feathering, especially the scapular and primary groups. This life-sized carving attempts to capture this shading. It is not seen as well in the photos as in the carving.

The duck is carved of tupelo, the base is lilac. It is in a private collection.

Butternut Pintail

This fine wood carving combines the beauty of the Pintail and the fine grain natural beauty of butternut wood. Its oil finish enhances the glow of the wood. It is in a private collection.

Mother Loon

This miniature sculpture shows a common sight on Northern lakes. Loon parents will transport their offspring and provide floating refuge.

It was a commission meant to depict motherhood with two progeny. They are carved of tupelo and painted with oils.


Madonna Duck, Completed

Finally, the finishing touches have been applied!! The duck was painted with oils, The chick was painted in acrylics. It has been warmly received in its new home.

Madonna Duck

This posting shows the steps involved in the  fabrication of a commission  piece. The patron wanted a sculpture that showed the devotion of a mother mallard to her offspring.

Common Merganser Drake

Mergus merganser

This decorative decoy shows the beauty of one of the frequent visitors to the wetlands of the Northeast.This diving fish-eater is seen as one of the first ducks to return to open waters as the ice of winter subsides.

This commissioned piece is made of tupelo and is full-sized.


Aythya valisineria

This beauty is seen in the North and West in spring and summer and in the South year-round. The canvasback is a diving duck which requires a running start for take-off.

This sculpture, completed in Sept. 2006, was made of two pieces of tupelo wood.

This piece has been selected for inclusion in the 34th Annual Wild Wings Fall Festival Original Art Show and Sale in Lake City , MN, 2007. This show has been awarded the “Best Outdoor Show” by a national art publication.It has been purchased.

Male Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus

This little diver is found in the Eastern U.S. One of its favorite foods is crayfish that it finds in fresh water ponds and streams. The male has the distinctive white head patch seen when his crest is raised.

This piece is of tupelo.It is in a private collection. Of note are the fine details to be seen in the feathering and bill.

Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

Carving a duck in a resting pose is more difficult than it might seem. It takes skill to avoid the creation of a mere decoy. Jim succeeds here with practiced realism and brilliantly colored painting.

This piece is available for purchase.

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