Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Blackburnian Warbler

The Blackburnian Warbler migrates to the north spruce woods of Canada and northeastern United States in the spring. They nest high in the spruce trees and feed on insects they find in the trees. They winter in the south mostly in the Andean Highlands from Venezuela to Peru. The Warbler is 4 1/2 to 5 inches long. The Warblers come in so many rich and brilliant colors. I carved this bird a little larger then half size at the West Glacier Rendezvous and used the guide of Rick Butz's book on Woodland Warblers for the colors. The feet are made with wire and the eyes are glass.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


This was a project we carved in a three hour class at the West Glacier rendezvous this last August. I painted it with acrylic's when we got home. The rooster is 6 inches tall and out of basswood. The wings and tail are pegged in place. The rooster has a Christmas theme with the red hat and coat. It is a simple project with a country look.

Sunday, September 5, 2010


This is fish carved out of a 4 inch long piece of cottonwood bark. It fits nicely between the area by the doors of the upper cabinets in our motor home. Too bad the material in the background ran vertical and not with the salmon swimming up the river to spawn.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Native American Indian

I took a three hour class at the West Glacier Rendezvous by Ron Adamson of this Native American Indian. I had finished the face in the class; the hair, braids, bead work and medallion were finished at home. The wood is cottonwood bark and is 4 inches wide and 16 inches long. I was going to put grooves in the feather but the the grain of the bark showed feather lines. It was finished with semi-gloss Deft. It is darker than the picture shows. If you are on Facebook you might want to look up Native American Indian - Old Photo. It has 172 photo albums and 422 photos by others featuring a lot of different tribal members.