I discovered carving in 2011 and currently take wildlife carving classes at the Mt. Diablo Adult Education program in Pleasant Hill, CA. I carve 3-dimensional works for holiday center pieces on tables but also incorporate carving with some turnings as well.
This carving of a California Valley Quail family was designed as a center piece for a holiday table. The quail were each carved and then "stoned" to create texture. The features and feathers were drawn in and carved, and then the details were burned in (pyrography). Finally, the pieces were air brushed, detail painted with acrylic paint to look as realistic as possible and mounted on a natural redwood.
This center piece took 125 hours to complete. In July, 2014, it won first place in the Carving Division at the California State Fair in Sacramento. It was also the recipient of the Woodworker Sweepstakes Award (a cash award from Smog N Go).