Red Breasted Merganser finished 12/4/16

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Redhead Hen part of a commissioned pair. The bird is completely wood burned with texturing to represent the lighter feathers, not painted. Finally, the finished pair that will be sent to our client. 

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Redhead Drake for a commission. The client requested that the bird be wood burned only, not painted. Used the burning to emulate the coloring and vermiculations

Common Goldeneye Drake Started April 2, 2017

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Pintail drake full detail carved, textured burned and painted with acrylics on tupelo.  

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Mallard Hen Start to finish 2017 at ODCCA Best mallard and 2nd best marsh duck

Current and recent projects. Watch the process, which typically takes 40-75 hours of work.  

It starts with a block of wood. The duck shape begins to come out of the wood, with a lot of sawdust in the process. 

Feathers are drawn on and then carved with a micro motor tool or dremel. These are a lot like a dentists drill. Then texture of the feathers is added with a grinding bit or wood burning. Finally the bird is painted, typically with 5-7 layers of semi translucent acrylic paint. 

Working on a resting fluffy Wood Duck Drake Started 5/21/2016

Mallard Drake started 8/1 At ODCCA 2nd best mallard 3rd best marsh duck

Mallard hen with 3 ducklings. Commission work. Wood Burned Only

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Commissioned mallard hen, completely wood burned to replicate the awesome natural markings. A great way to represent a hen.  Started early May 2017 completed June 18.

Relaxed Pintail Drake. Carved, textured woodburned. Acrylics on basswood. 

A Ring Necked Drake I started on 2/27

Completed 3/20/16

Black duck drake sleeper. Commission work. Acrylics on Tupelo. January 2018

Mallard hen preener. Raised wing. Carved, textured woodburned. Acrylics on basswood. Commission piece.

12/2018 Current project Hooded Merganser Alert.

 Carved, textured woodburned. Acrylics on Tupelo.