Creating these one-of-a-kind pieces takes time and attention to detail.
A typical piece may take 20-30 hours of "roughing-out the piece" work alone before a carving tool
ever touches the wood. As you can see in the pictures below, the entire process from start to finish is multi-step
and requires the use of several essential power tools. Using one of my chain saws, I begin roughing out the bird. (A
friend once told me... "That's easy, just remove everything that doesn't look like a bird!") The next step
is to use a hand grinder to continue the sculpting process. Each roughed-out carving is allowed to dry thoroughly before
moving to the next stage. After hand-sanding each piece, I finally proceed to carving with hand-held
carving tools. Click on my hand carving page to view the many steps each piece goes through to become a Wilflife in
Wood creation. The featured bird shown in the hand carving process is a Barred Owl carved from Butternut. This piece
was completed in early spring of 2009. Click on Barred Owls to view more images of my newer carvings.