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This lovely sculpture is notable from several directions. It is firstly a realistic depiction of the beauty of the species. These life-sized wooden carvings are painstakingly detailed and painted to reflect the actual birds and their plumage.

The carving is also a study in the use of negative space. The marshland habitat is seen in the viewer’s imagination as the diorama flows in the composition of the piece.

The life-style of the birds is shown in the playful antics of the immature siblings and the adults who may sun themselves on a warm log or swim among the lilly pads in search of lunch.

The birds are carved of tupelo, the habitat is carved of cedar and both are painted with oils.

This piece was inspired by Keith Mueller and is available for purchase.

This beautiful wall-mounted sculpture depicts the dichotomy of the male and female feathering patterns. This pair is frequently seen in the birches of the Northeast.

The birds and the tree are of tupelo and the branches are of holly, reworked birch and brass. They are life-sized.

It is in a private collection.

Osprey

This full-sized commission was conceived in Floyd Scholz’s October event. It was modified to suit the owner. It stands nearly 34” high. It was additionally  inspired by the view of osprey and mullet near the purchaser’s home.

The bird is of tupelo and painted with acrylic paint. The base is of natural materials.

 

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

Evening Grosbeaks

This beautiful wooden sculpture captures the grace of this little pair of forest beauties. The female assumes the more impressive position, while the male has the more impressive plumage. It incorporates the feeling of space and motion in the design.

The birds are carved of tupelo, the branch is brass and all are painted with oils. It is available for purchase.

Mandarin Duck

I finally completed the sculpture in time to enter in the 2016 Ward World Carving Championship, where it won a third place ribbon and cash award.

This wood duck-sized little beauty lives in the orient.This piece is life sized and carved of tupelo. The base is walnut. It is painted with acrylics and oil. It is available for purchase.

Bat Falcon

This life-sized falcon  is nearly the same size as an American Kestrel. It lives in Central-South America where it does hunt bats.

This life-sized charming wooden sculpture was conceived in Floyd Scholz’s October event in Bennington Vermont. It incorporates the feeling of the bird as well as the unusual aspect of motion. The cross branch will rotate 360 degrees, all the while maintaining the design composition.

It is fabricated of tupelo, and painted with acrylics. The bat is also tupelo and acrylics. It is available for purchase.

Cheshire Screech

This whimsical wooden sculpture captures the expression of a nocturnal predator caught in a sudden burst of sunlight. The life-sized carving is of tupelo, painted with acrylics. The base is carved of cherry and manzanita. It is available for purchase.

Woodie Hen

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.

Dragone It

This full-sized wooden sculpture shows the pride of a successful hunt. The American Kestrel will predate large insects and small birds. Here it has taken a dragonfly.

It is carved of tupelo and painted in oils. The base is manzanita. It is in a private collection.

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