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Ed Hawkes
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ED HAWKES

Ed Hawkes, Master Bird Carver of Bar Harbor has worked in wood and sawdust his entire life.  After 20 years teaching building trades at the Hancock County Technical Center, he now devotes his time to observing birds and developing his carving skills. As an avid birdwatcher and volunteer with Acadia National Park, his bird observations quickly turn to thoughts of creating his lifelike wooden sculptures.

Ed starts each carving with a collection of bird photos and sketches to develop his design. Starting with a square block of wood (usually basswood, but sometimes tupelo or cedar), he pencil-sketches the outline of the bird, cuts out the general shape with a band saw, and then with a knife, drawknife, and/or fine power grinder perfects the bird’s shape and adds the details. Once the shape is perfected and the piece is fine sanded over all, Ed uses a wood burner to add the fine details to every minute feather, creating the softness. Once this ‘carving’ process is complete, the painting begins -- using layer after layer of thin washes to create the subtle variations in color and light that bring the bird to life. Ed spends between 50 to 250 hours patiently creating each delicate bird, but it’s a labor of love. 

Ed's carvings have won numerous awards, including a recent 'Best in Show' Award at the annual Maine Woodcarver's show for his exquisite realistic carving of a Yellow Warbler as well as a first place ribbon in the Advanced Division at the Ward World Carving Competition in Salsbury, Maryland for his full-size Common Loon. 

His carvings are sold through private commissions, galleries, and his website, www.hawkescarvings.com

 
Ed Hawkes
Ed Hawkes bird carving
Ed Hawkes carving
Ed Hawkes bird carving