What’s in a Name?

Part One: Carving
Germany, Russia, and Alaska all play a part in the story of the Steller's eider.

By: Brad Snodgrass

If a carver can have a “signature bird,” then the Steller’s eider is mine. It was the first bird I entered in competition and its image graces my business cards, letterhead, and mailing labels. Nonetheless, few carvers tackle this species. In all honesty, I can think of only about half a dozen credible carvings of this magnificent bird, so let us see if I can pique your interest.


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