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.
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.