Thursday, May 26, 2011

Carved Wooden Birds

My mother in-law has always enjoyed watching birds; whether it is at the lake or on walks in the woods.  But, she especially liked to watch the birds at her bird feeders.  In fact, she has bird feeders and a bird bath outside of her room now and watches "her" birds every day.  I think she likes most birds, although I don't think she is too crazy about Blue Jays, as they are a bit territorial!  She has a special fondness for Gold Finch, Chickadees,  and Woodpeckers.

I have always liked the carved wooden birds that she had at her home.  The above birds are very small and are carved very simply.  Their primitive lines look Scandinavian to me.

She also had this great group of four carved birds perched on natural wood pieces.  I like to think that they are hummingbirds.  My MIL was really excited when she saw a hummingbird and always had a feeder outside of her window.  This feeder was great for attracting these amazing birds.

She also had this beautiful carved bird at her home on the lake.  I am not sure what kind of bird it is, but the intricate details are amazing.  The artist is from Midland, Michigan.

My husband and I bought these carved birds at the John C. Campbell Folk School gift shop, in Brasstown, North Carolina.  We went to the Folk School for a wonderful week of art to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.  I guess you can say it was on our "Bucket List."  The Folk School has many classes available throughout the year, classes that really give you the opportunity to embrace and learn a new art skill.  Needless to say, we absolutely loved it and can't wait to go back!  Anyway, these birds are a very fond memory of our week in the Smokey Mountains!

We keep our "wooden birds" on our window sills so we can enjoy them all year long, especially when most of our "real" birds have flown south for the winter.

Hope you have a great day and a wonderful holiday weekend!


  1. Great birds! I like the hummingbirds on the natural wood a lot.

  2. Love the photos (and the lilac bush in the background)!