Today, thanks to lots and lots of "practice," I have a highly-developed ability to blend the arts of carving and painting to produce detailed replicas of living birds. My style has morphed and evolved over the years and I humbly but proudly tell you that my pieces are greatly admired, highly prized and much sought-after.
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The ducks have always held a fascination for me. There is something magical about a duck on the water. It has amazed me all of my life. It was inevitable that my skill in whittling and carving would become focused on waterfowl.
Updated May 28, 2017
I do not sell these pieces. Neither do I enter them into competitions. Instead, I give them to friends and I donate them to causes I believe to be worthy. These organizations used them as fundraisers. I've made donations to The Coastal Conservation Association, the Nicholas E. Bramble "Ironman" Foundation, Talbot Special Riders, The Avalon Foundation, and others.
I've long believed that a pocket knife is an essential piece of equipment and those who know me will tell you that I'm rarely without one.
When I was in my twenties and on a fishing trip in Canada, I picked up a block of wood alongside the path of a wilderness walk and began to whittle the figure of a person. The local hunting and fishing guide, himself a skilled whittler, admired my clumsy, maiden effort and took the time to explain the six essential whittling cuts to me. This was the real start of my intense interest in carving.
I am WG the Carver. Welcome to my website.
I'm thankful for many things. Among them are the beautiful place in which I live that provides habitat for the creatures I love, my children, my grandchildren, my extended family, and my many friends. And I am proud of my Irish heritage. But I am most thankful for and proudest of being able to produce these magnificent works of art for the enjoyment of others.
I live in Trappe on Maryland's Eastern Shore with my lovely wife, my charming Golden Retriever, and my rascally English Setter.
I hope you'll enjoy your tour through my work.
I'm a senior citizen now but I've been carving since I was a young man. Here's a short story to tell you how my carving career came to be.
When I was in the sixth grade, I was fortunate to have an art teacher who said to me, "It's a good thing that you have the ability to do other things because you have no artistic talent."
"Fortunate?" you say. Well, the truth is that I was not discouraged by this criticism. Rather, it lit a fire in me to prove that I did have talent and that this art teacher was absolutely wrong! This fire burns in me to this very day!