Category: Ducks

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.

Black Duck

Anas rubripes

This full-sized representation captures the distinct form and coloration of the black duck. It has some of the finest detail of any of Jim’s work.

This is sculpted of tupelo. It is in a private collection.


Anas crecca

Carved from basswood, this teal was one of Jim’s earliest duck carvings.

It was sold to a private collector.

Great Northern Diver

Gavia immer

The great northern diver, or common loon, has a distinctive and eerie call that is well-known in northeastern Vermont.

This commissioned piece now resides in a private collection.

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