Jim Delso

Each piece of wildlife is created using band saws, knives, diamond tip dental bits and sanders to obtain initial shape from tupelo gum wood. Feathers are drawn using taxidermy mounts and photographs. Using a scalpel-like blade the feathers are woodburned to give them the appearance of real feathers. Strokes in the feathers are made one at a time requiring hundreds of strokes per feather. Each piece is painted with oils to achieve a soft featherlike appearance. Walnut, oak, or manzanita bases are used to display with created habitats. Working duck calls have feather details and walnut base.

Henryetta, OK