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.
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.