The brow over the eyes of this hawk gives him a look of power and confidence. Note the wood fractures that have been incorporated into his facial features. These natural "checks" are frequently present in "found" wood. As with all of my pieces, the beauty and nature of the wood guides my hand. In this case these checks dramatize the strength of this magnificent bird.
Height: 18" Wood: Eastern Red Cedar Root
This interpretation of a heron rising from the marsh instills the feeling of movement while blending animal with it's natural habitat surroundings. It is sculpted from a single piece of Eastern Red Cedar.
Height: 18" width: 14 Wood: Eastern Red Cedar
This piece was carved from an old cedar branch. His beak was a second small branch extending from the first. Again, I followed the grain and the heron appeared. The nature of the wood allows the natural oil finish to create a "sheen" that enhances the rich burgundy color of the cedar. Height: 14" Wood: Eastern Red Cedar.
Eagles have been presented in so many traditional poses. As with all of my sculptures I try to depict the animal in a probable pose, but anything but traditional. Eagles gather every year on the Merrimack River only a few miles from my home. They will swoop down from their perch to snag an unsuspecting fish from the brackish water, returning to their perch or a rock to enjoy their meal.
The eagle was sculpted from a solid piece root ball. The original root weighed 35lbs. The finished weighs about 12lbs. The base is made from Spanish Cedar. It has very similar qualities to Mahogany.