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The Pull-Toy Series No. 11 – White River Willy – Sea Serpent

19″l x 9″w x 8 1/4″t
White Pine, Found Wood, Steel, Leather, Pewter, Found Wood, Brass


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The Hamilton County (Indiana) historian recently approached me and shared a story that he discovered about a giant serpent discovered a few blocks from my home in 1892. The entire story may be found by visiting my website at 50littlebirds.com.


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Great Blue Whale

_mg_0092This big boy was carved for Blue Indy, the upcoming first Friday show at the Harrison Center for the Arts.

_mg_0089I wanted to produce a piece in a larger scale than usual. Creating a large blue whale seemed

to be the perfect project. Not only was I challenged by the size, the whale provided a great canvas for exploring layers of color and texture.

Blue Whale

White Pine, Tinplate, Glass, Steel and Paper

32″l x 13″w x 17″t

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Four more pieces shipping the The Artisan’s Bench tomorrow. These simple pieces look great when combined with others.


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_MG_0014I’ve been stocking The Artisan’s Bench in Brighton, Michigan with a very complete representation of my work. I’ve been sending off groups of pieces as they are finished. The gallery is as enthusiastic as I am about including 50 Little Birds.

The pieces in the photo on the left have arrived at the gallery and are available for purchase.


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What Did the Fox Say?

1934722_10153999556151067_1998954743629345634_nI’m not sure what the fox said, but my 4th grade students love it when I ask Siri to tell us.

I’ve a thing for weathervanes. Why wouldn’t I? It’s pretty clear that I am attracted to animal themes, useful objects and patinated surfaces.

I’ve been experimenting with designing cutouts with Adobe Illustrator and printing patterns. Until this project patterns have been hand drawn from sketches and notes. I’m enjoying the flexibility that Illustrator gives me to adjust patterns to any size quickly.

To experiment I’ve made a series of foxes adapted from a 19th century metal weathervane. the pattern is printing — on several sheets — from the computer and glued to cardstock. With this pattern I can plan where the boards will be joined, trace them and cut them out.

_MG_0002Each fox gets the same treatment that I give my birds. The wood is sealed with shellac and several colors of paint are applied. The piece is then distressed — in a number of ways — in a manner that reflects how the piece would really be used and worn. I don’t simply bang on it with keys and round the corners. I give thought to how the piece would hang and how it would be dropped. What parts are vulnerable and what sections are protected. The piece is then finished with another coat of shellac, waxed and buffed.

I made the original to hang on my shed. I’ve several acting as window toppers while they wait for homes.

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More Baltimore Orioles

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