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Fall 2017 Issue Has a Touch of the Exotic

September 13, 2017
— Readers of Wildfowl Carving Magazine—the only magazine for bird carvers—will find plenty of inspiration, and a touch of the exotic, in the Fall 2017 issue. An article by Brad Snodgrass, an award-winning carver and a first-time contributor to the magazine, demonstrates how to carve a ringed teal drake, a species from South America. Snodgrass, who lives in Oregon, encourages other carvers to “think outside of the pond” and to try their hand at lesser-known birds, even if they’ve never seen them in the wild before.

Over the years, Snodgrass writes, he has been inspired to carve more “unusual” birds, such as grebes, loons, and gulls—“just something different from the birds that dominate most of our competitions,” he says. “There is absolutely nothing wrong with the traditional birds. I just felt myself drawn to a path less traveled.”
Jerry Poindexter’s “Painting Notes” article also strays off the continent as it explains how to paint a red-crested cardinal from South America. There are other songbirds, too, including Jerry Simchuk’s instructions on painting a scrub jay. Magpie carvers will enjoy Rick Burkman’s magpie reference article, which includes Jean Minaudier color guide. (Minaudier explained how to carve the bird in the Summer 2017 issue and will have a detailed painting demonstration in the Winter 2018 outing.)

Ducks are well represented. Besides the ringed teal drake, there is an amazing palm frond pintail by Tom Christie plus painting instructions for Daniel Montano’s beautiful ruddy.

Finally, the issue includes an excerpt from Wildfowl Carving Magazine’s latest workbench project, Laurie J. McNeil’s Loon and Chicks. The book will be published in October.

Wildfowl Carving Magazine began publishing with its Spring 1985 issue when it was still known as Wildfowl Carving & Collecting Magazine. In the more than three decades since then, it has become the only magazine for bird carving and has published a wealth of informative articles about all aspects of the art form. The magazine is published quarterly by Ampry Publishing LLC of Northbrook, Illinois, with editorial offices in central Pennsylvania. Its website is www.wildfowl-carving.com.
For more information, contact magazine editor Tom Huntington at (847) 513-6057 or thuntington@amprycp.com. 


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