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Here's My Woodcarving!

by Hugh Parks
Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Canada

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I've been carving for 25 years. I started carving decoys as a hobby - I really enjoy the challenge.

Doing commissioned carvings keeps me busy.

I enjoy a variety of subjects, from Birds of Prey, Song Birds, Decorative Decoys to walking sticks, although the Birds of Prey remain my favourite. The Eagle below was a 6 month project, and I can't imagine doing another one like that very soon.

I look forward to teaching carving during the fall and winter months.

Most of my birds are life size, and carved from one piece of wood. The decoys are usually carved with the head joined separately.

I am mostly self taught. I've taken painting lessons but learned carving mostly by trial and error.

Working on a life size Bald Eagle, Ready for paint, carved from a single block of Tupelo

Northern Saw Whet Owl, life size, tupelo and acrylics

You can email Hugh at .

Would you like to see your carvings in this column? We invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your favorite woodcarving projects along with captions and a brief history of your woodcarving. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store gift card if we show your carving work in a future issue!

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