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.