Fine art sculptures hand crafted in Vermont from wood and bronze. One of a kind and custom made home decorations for bird and animal lovers.
Operating as usual
Now I know why auto makers cover prototype cars with black and white stripes and dots. It absolutely hides surface contours. Maybe I should start searching for reference pictures of my subjects covered in mud.
My first Mobile to hand over a young child's crib. Two flying Evening Grosbeaks and two Blacked Capped Chickadees.
A commission from a Nature Center in Florida. Life size Boat Tailed Grackle. Carved from Tupelo and painted in acrylics.
Here are a few pictures of an American Crow that was carved from Tupelo and painted in acrylics.
Here are a few pictures of a life size Canada Lynx carved from tupelo and painted in oils. This piece is still available as of this posting.
It seems that I've neglected this page while making an assumption that posting elsewhere would take care of it. So I'm going to do be more diligent going forward. Here are a few pictures of a life size Cheetah bust that I just finished. Carved from Tupelo and painted with oils.
The 1/3 size Bald Eagle is now ready for the painting.
Slow motion of a Golden Eagle flying. This is really interesting to watch all the wing and feather movements.
The Canadian Lynx Sculpture is still evolving. Here are a few pictures of it sitting on it's new base. This sculpture will be painted in oils.
I have started to carve the life size Canada Lynx while using a clay model. There is a lot of work left to do, but it's starting to take shape. The carved version is an opposite pose from the clay model.
I will be displaying my Woodcarvings from Wildlife Sculpting at the Audubon Center in Bristol, RI this weekend.
I have several duplicate Wildfowl Carving Magazine issues that someone may be missing in their collection. Here is the list of the extra issues:
1991 Winter X 2
I finally have a chance to get back into the shop. Yesterday I started to build a clay model of a Canadian Lynx. This sculpture is full size. Once the clay model is done, I'll use it as a reference for carving the Lynx in wood.
Here are a couple of pictures of my carvings at the New Brunswick Carving Competition last weekend. First place and third place best of show in the Master's level. Thanks to Laurie for taking the pictures. I was a judge at the show and had no time to take pictures.
We had a great time in New Brunsick, this week. St. Andrews is always a great place to visit and the Carving competition is full of great people. Even in competion, everyone is friendly and eager to share ways to improve our craft. After being awarded first, second and third best of show in adanced last year, I entered the masters level this year. I was lucky enought to earn two first place ribbons and first and third best of show in the masters class.
The Great Horned Owl is just about finished. I'll take a break from it for a while so that I see it with fresh eyes.
Finished the Mourning Dove today.
The mourning dove is ready to paint. Here some picture. There is no burning on this piece. Everything was textured with a stone.
The Great Horned Owl is ready to paint. I have to work on another piece that is due in mid May for a customer.
The Great Horned Owl is still a work in progress. What a wonderful learning experience it has been so far. Here are a few pictures before I start working on the face details.
The early stages of a 1/3rd size female Great Horned Owl. This is a bit complicated, yet really fun to see it come together.
Here is an updated picture of the bull moose that I'm painting in oils. Still have a long way to go, but I'm past half way.
The Wood ducks were finished this morning. It's been an exciting and educational project over the past several months.
Progress pictures on the two Wood Ducks. This project has taken a long time and is challenging. I hope to have them finished within a week.
Here is that latest picture of the moose painting I've been working on in my spare time. Most of the background is done and the moose only has foundation colors so far.
Most people know that I'm trying to learn more about oil painting on carvings. To continue my education about using oils, I'm venturing into putting oil on canvas. This is my first attempt in progress. More to come.
These pictures show the progress on the Wood Duck heads today. The next step will be the texturing which includes stoning and burning. One of these birds is still available.
The bronze sculpture of the Norwegian Elkhound is finally finished.
The eyes are in ( no lids yet) and the heads matched to the body. Painting is just around the corner.
A bit more progress on the wood ducks.
The wood ducks now have the primary inserts roughed out. The beaks are ready to seal. I am waiting on the order of eyes to arrive and then I can move forward on the heads.
The two Wood Duck drakes are still being refined. With the heads starting to take shape, I can work on the how everything will fit together.
I've started working on two Wood Duck Drakes. The primary feathers will be inserted. The painting of these beautiful birds will be a challenge.
While this show was broadcast yesterday, it is available to stream. I just watched and I was amazed. See the world through the eyes of nature’s fastest animal—the peregrine falcon.
"World's Fastest Animal" premieres on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 9/8c on @PBS: https://to.pbs.org/2B99hzv
World's Fastest Animal See the world through the eyes of nature’s fastest animal—the peregrine falcon.