This Sculpture, hand carved from Tupelo wood and painted in acrylics, is a Gyrfalcon. He is the largest most powerful falcon in the world. The Base is carved from a large Maple Burl to simulate the rocky outcrop in the Tundra where they would watch for prey. In medieval times they were used in Falconry, particularly the white phase was sought after by kings and queens as a sign of wealth and power and only they were allowed to have them. The Gyrfalcon is the Mascot, of the US Airforce Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Here in North America Gyrfalcon are found in Alaska and Northern Canada.
Tupelo with Oregon Maple Burl Base
~32" from top to bottom of base
Blue Ribbon Winner at the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Competition 2007