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 ( http://southernappalachianartists.org ) in Blue Ridge, Georgia.

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