Upland Game Birds

Ring-Neck Pheasant

This beautiful commissioned sculpture is  approximately 2/3 life sized. It is 21 inches long, and 6″ wide and about 14″ high. It captures the intricate patterning of the pretty bird. It is carved of tupelo and holly and painted with oils. It is in a private collection

First Prize: Wild Turkey

Jim’s North American Wild Turkey took 1st place this week in the 3D category of the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild (SAAG) 2012 National Juried Show in Blue Ridge, Georgia


This delightful rendition is done from a single piece of tupelo.  It has some of the most realistic detail work that I’ve done, and is painted in oils. It is in a private collection. It is life-sized.

Eastern Wild Turkey version 2010

This piece is a smaller version of the award-winning bird done in 2006. It was entered in the 2010 Ward World Carving Championship; Advanced Level, Upland Game Birds, Miniature. It won a third place ribbon and prize money. This piece demonstrates some better carving techniques than the other bird. The competition in this level is very intense and this represents my first award at this level. It is in a private collection.

Wild Turkey

Meleagris gallopavo silvestris The turkey is the largest of North American game birds. It was nominated to be the National Bird by Ben Franklin. It has recently seen a resurgence in the Northeast. This 1/4 sized piece is of tupelo, the base is a maple burl. The carving was awarded the Best of Category(Upland Game Bird Miniatures);The Best in Division(All Miniature Entries); and The Best Of Show(All Entries in the Intermediate Class) in the 2006 Ward Museum World Carving Championship in Ocean City MD. It is in a private collection.

Ruffed Grouse

Bonasa umbellus This ruffed grouse beats its wings atop the end of a log, scattering the leaves at its feet. The carving is made entirely of tupelo, basswood and brass. This piece was recognized with 3rd place at the 33rd Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition (2003), in the category of Intermediate Life-size Upland Game Birds. It is in a private collection.

American Woodcock Miniature

Scolopax minor This delightful piece captures the beautiful camouflage of the little woodland denizen. It measures 3 1/2 by 4 inches. This sculpture was carved from a single piece of tupelo. It is in a private collection.

American Woodcock

Scolopax minor Largely found in the Eastern U.S., this chunky little woodland bird is a favorite of the game hunter. Its distinctive flight pattern makes it a challenge to bag. This slightly larger-than-life piece was carved from a single block of tupelo and painted with acrylics. It is in a private collection.