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Welcome to my Wildfowl & Songbird carving site. I began carving birds about thirty years ago. I am self taught, learning with each and every carving I do, trying to be as accurate in size and color of each species that I carve. I carved birds for about ten years before seeing a carving book. After I ordered some books by carvers like Ernest Muehlmatt, Floyd Scholz and Rosalyn Daisey I was hooked. This is a hobby that has turned into a passion, or a hobby that's gotten out of control.
I feel that GOD has blessed me and is guiding my hands and eyes in each carving that I do, being able to take a block of wood and a knife and finding an animal or bird hidden in a piece of wood keeps me motivated, being able to share my art with others is my reward. Each carving is one of a kind, carved from Tupelo or Basswood both hardwoods that hold detail well. Carvings are painted with acrylic paints added layer by layer in very thin washes. I was born and raised in the small town of Nitro, W.Va. After high school I went to work in the local chemical plants. After forty two years I retired in 2005 and now spend most of my time carving or playing Bluegrass music. Growing up in West Virginia I have been surronded by nature and wildlife. I was always out hunting or fishing or just hiking in the woods enjoying the beauty of W.Va. My father gave me a pocket knife when I was very young and I was always carving on something. I now make my home in Teays Valley, W. Va. with my wife Karen Hanna Adkins. My carvings are in collections in France, England, Japan and in collections across the U.S.A. I sell my carvings thru the internet and at Tamarack , located in Beckly W. Va. ( Tamarack, The Best of West Virginia is the nation’s first showcase of handcrafts, fine art and regional cuisine. ) I hope you enjoy viewing these carvings as much as I enjoy carving them.