Category: Other Birds


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.

Swallow Feed, Completed

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.

Swallow Feed

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.

The Duck, Hunter

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 ( ) in Blue Ridge, Georgia.

The wood was sanded to 1500 grit and oiled and polished. It is available for purchase .

Hairy Woodpecker

Picoides villosus

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.

Dryocopus pileatus

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.

King’s Eddy

This interpretive piece captures the solitude of a small waterfall and the eddy beneath it. The kingfisher patiently waits for a meal to appear.

The water is mesquite and the kingfisher is lilac. It is in a private collection.

Dryocopus pileatus

A sonotube was used to approximate the diameter of the post that the completed piece will be set into.

The male adult has been completed and matched with the family.

Dryocopus pileatus

This shows continued progress of the bird family described in Pileated Woodpecker Family. The baby birds will appear in a hole carved in a beam. The sonotube is the same size as the beam.

These photos are taken without the lighting and preparation that will be a part of the finished product. They are meant to depict the process involved in fabricating a complex piece and not the finished quality.

Dryocopus pileatus

This entry depicts the process involved in fabricating a commissioned piece showing an adult pileated woodpecker arriving at the nest and being greeted by offspring.

The three babies (actually teenagers as they are nearly full-grown) are shown in various stages of fabrication. Check the site periodically to see them come to life.

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